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WV Rivers News: Contact Your Delegate, Pipeline Update, Protecting Drinking Water, Good News for the Bay

posted Feb 5, 2016, 6:59 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Feb 5, 2016, 7:07 AM ]
Time to Be Heard for Clean Water

WV Rivers is working daily to make sure your interests are represented at the legislature, but we need your back-up! We’re seeing attempts to allow unprecedented amounts of pollution in our waters and lawmakers need to know you’re paying attention. The House of Delegates will be voting on two of our priorities today in committee and next week on the floor regarding water quality standards and aboveground storage tanks.

We made it easy for you – just click to our action page to send a message to your delegates, and then share it with a friend! Sign up to our policy list for updates about Feb. 9. clean water events at the Capitol.

Promoting Safe Water for West Virginia

West Virginia Rivers Coalition and 23 partner organizations hosted our first of a series of public forums on Jan. 9 in Charleston. Over 100 people attended, and even if you missed the event you can still download our Citizen’s Guide to Drinking Water Protection. You’ll want to educate yourself before attending WV American Water’s series of public meetings or your local water provider’s public input process. Get involved for #safewater4wv!

Good News for WV’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed

According to EPA data, West Virginia is on track to meet the 2017 targets to reduce pollution in our rivers and streams draining to the Chesapeake Bay. This progress reflects the efforts of watershed partners who plant riparian buffers, work with farmers on nutrient management, implement projects to reduce polluted runoff, and work with WV Rivers to secure federal funding for stream restoration. As state lead for the Choose Clean Water Coalition, WV Rivers coordinated the WV 2015 Bay Milestone Report, which is available here.

USFS Denies Special Use Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The U.S. Forest Service denied the approval of a special use permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) proposed route because it does not avoid impacts on sensitive resources. The Forest Service requested an alternative route be considered that avoids Cheat and Back Allegheny Mountain in the Monongahela National Forest (MNF).

While this decision does not stop the ACP completely, it does ensure that certain sensitive resources within the MNF will be protected from pipeline development. Read more about the announcement here.

WV Rivers Presents Seminar at WVU

WV Rivers executive director, Angie Rosser, was invited by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the WVU Institute for Water Science and Security to present a seminar entitled “West Virginia’s Waters: Intersections of Science, Policy and Public Consciousness". Angie discussed the impact that policies have on the public and how WV Rivers bridges science and policy to help everyone understand decisions that affect their water.

Let’s Get It Done In 2016

Let's Make 2016 the Year for Birthplace of Rivers

Let's make 2016 the year for Birthplace of Rivers! Help kick it off by sending President Obama a letter asking him to use the Antiquities Act to create the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument! Send your letter here.