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January 9 Commemorative Events

posted Dec 22, 2014, 2:28 PM by David Lillard

Workshops, commemorative events, and a world premiere film by Mike Youngren

Join West Virginia Rivers and partners for events to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Elk River chemical leak that led to the state’s water crisis. 
In addition to remembrances, we’ll celebrate the “silver lining” of the crisis: people coming together, a new spirit of clean water activism, and new policies to protect water. 

We’ll also host workshops to help get you involved in protecting water and host the world premiere of Elk River Blues, a new film by Mike Younger.

Here is a quick summary of the day. 

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Citizen Education Workshops - get the latest updates on water issues and how you can be involved. Please RSVP to

5:00 — 6:00 p.m. Evening reception with comments from dignitaries. Join us for light refreshments and hear from a few of the political leaders who have stood for water this year. 

6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Honoring the Waters candlelight vigil at the Kanawha River in front of the Capitol.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reception and world premier screening of Elk River Blues at the WV Culture Center Theater by award-winning news producer Mike Youngren. His film features West Virginians’ response to systemic failures that continue to threaten our water.

It all takes place in and around the WV Culture Center, Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston WV 25305.

Stay tuned for more info!