WATERKEEPER© in the southern Monongahela National Forest. It’s an area where six famed rivers come to life: the Cherry, Cranberry, Elk, Gauley, Greenbrier, and Williams.
The WV Headwaters are a local and national recreation treasure. They are the state’s storied trout streams, hunting lands, and hiking trails. “Creekers” love the challenging paddling in the small streams in high water. Keeping these waters clean is vital to paddling and fishing downstream, too. Working with WV Rivers staff, partners, and volunteers, and with support from the Waterkeeper Alliance, the program serves as the eyes and voice for the headwaters.
Our Waterkeeper program currently focuses on four areas.
water policy page and by signing up for our policy updates.
The groups’ initial research resulted in “Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia: Opportunities for Public Engagement regarding Erosion and Sedimentation.”
In partnership with Trout Unlimited, we are expanding monitoring along proposed pipeline routes. This follows the successful WV Rivers/TU partnership to implement TU’s Water Quality Monitoring Project in West Virginia and Virginia. It monitors coldwater streams that have the most potential to be impacted from shale gas development through a network of trained volunteers. For the new effort, we will will identify erosion and sedimentation impacts that may occur due to pipeline development. Volunteers will collect data and conduct visual reconnaissance before, during, and after pipeline construction.
Volunteers are needed who can regularly monitor in predetermined pipeline route locations. Interested in learning more? Call us or email email@example.com.
We are working to expand protection of the headwaters through designating the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, either by Congressional action or Presidential proclamation. This effort includes building a grassroots alliance and advocating the proposal in Congress. You can help, too. Sign our petition.