Join WV Rivers Coalition and allied organizations throughout January 2015 as we remember the chemical leak into the Elk River that contaminated the drinking water of more than 300,000 West Virginians.
We need to make sure more is done to protect water across the state, and that the progress we've made in 2014 toward cleaner, safer water is not unraveled during the 2015 Legislative Session.
January 9: Chemical Leak Anniversary Commemorative Events
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Citizen Education Workshops at the Culture Center on the WV State Capitol Grounds. Get the latest updates on current water issues and how you can be involved.
6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Honoring the Waters one year anniversary candlelight vigil at the Kanawha River in front of the Capitol to mark the one-year anniversary of the Elk River contamination.
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reception and screening of Elk River Blues at the WV Culture Center Theater. This locally produced documentary film features West Virginians’ response to systemic failures that continue to threaten our water.
January 14: Kids and Families Day at the WV Legislature.
Healthy kids need clean water. Check wvhealthykids.org for updates.
January 14: Be Visible for Clean Water at the State of the State Address
7:00 p.m. the Governor will deliver the State of the State Address in the House Chamber at the
State Capitol in Charleston. Everyone who can make it is encouraged to attend to put the governor and legislators on notice that we expect clean, safe water to be a priority for this legislative session!
January 17: Safe Water System Leadership Training
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided) at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St E., Charleston, WV. Register here. This leadership training, hosted Advocates for a Safe Water system, will inform you on what a safe water system is and how you can involve your friends and neighbors in our strategy to improve the Kanawha Valley’s water system.
2:00 p.m. March and Rally for Clean Water Statewide. Join us on the WV State Capitol Steps (on the Kanawha Blvd. side of the capitol building). Statewide, threats to our clean water are increasing. Come learn about the threats and what you can do to take a stand for clean water!
January 23 - 24: Looking Forward: Summit on Chemical Safety in West Virginia
Participate in conversations about local chemical safety; Learn about successful models implemented in other states and solutions that address disproportionate impacts of chemical releases on communities of color and low-income communities. Be a part of local solutions to prevent water contamination. Sponsored by People Concerned About Chemical Safety with support from Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Registration begins December 9 at chemsafety.org