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Flood Recovery Updates

As West Virginians, we have a tough 
road ahead as the massive damage from the June floods continues to be assessed. Here at WV Rivers, we're gathering information to understand the impact the flooding had on our water resources. We know our belief that all West Virginians deserve access to clean, drinkable, swimmable, and fishable rivers and streams will guide our actions as we help our friends, neighbors, and rivers recover.

Flood debris after the June 2016 flood. Photo by David T. Stephenson

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are still needed in the flood affected areas of WV. 

Check out these sites to get connected:

In the News: 

Public Health and Safety
After severe flooding, damage to wastewater treatment infrastructure and contamination of our rivers by untreated sewage are serious concerns. 

Available information on bacterial contamination from damage to wastewater treatment plants:
Greenbrier River Advisory - Greenbrier County Health Department

County health department with active flood advisories:

In the News:
Flooding may cause dangerous germs in recreational water, officials say - Charleston Gazette-Mail
‘There’s a lot more in the floodwaters than just sediment,’ warns DEP official
 - MetroNews

Part of recovering from June's floods is making sure that our rivers and streams are safe for boating, fishing and swimming. 

Available information on damage to recreational areas:
New River Gorge National River - National Parks Service
Gauley River National Recreation Area - National Parks Service
Bluestone River National Scenic River - National Parks Service

In the News:
Greenbrier River Trail takes a bruising from floodwater - MetroNews
Mudslide obliterates section of trail - Register-Herald

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