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WV Rivers News: Drinking Water Protection, Film Festival, Pipeline Water Quality Monitoring

posted Oct 7, 2016, 7:21 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 7:22 AM ]
Volunteers Take a Snapshot of Water Quality
On October 1, 27 volunteer water quality monitors from across West Virginia and Virginia gathered in Elkins, WV for the 2nd Monongahela National Forest Watershed Snapshot Day. Watershed Snapshot Day is an event of the WV/VA Water Quality Monitoring Program, Trout Unlimited's water quality monitoring program implemented in partnership with WV Rivers. 

Teams of volunteers were assigned monitoring routes throughout the National Forest to collect water quality data. At the end of Snapshot Day volunteers collected 102 samples on 51 streams! Right now, we are working with our lab partners, Penn State University and Eastern Mennonite University, to have the samples analyzed. We'll share a report on the water quality data once analysis is finished.

Films! Music! Prizes! Fun! 

WV Rivers' annual Film Festival is headed back to the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown on Friday, November 4! This year we are featuring films that connect us with the Mountain State and celebrate our incredible landscapes, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities. In addition to great films, this year's Film Festival will include live music by the Halftime String Band and our famous raffle. 

New to this year's Film Festival are the People's Choice Awards! Audience members have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film and still photograph from the Birthplace of Rivers Photo Contest. Winners will be announced at the end of the night.When: Friday, November 4. Doors open and music with the Halftime String Band starts at 6:00pm. Films start at 7:00pm.

Where: Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Tickets are on sale now! $12 online, $15 at the door. Students with a valid student ID are $10 at the door. Purchase your tickets.

Let us know you're coming by joining the event on Facebook!

Next Steps for Drinking Water Protection 

Over 120 water utilities have submitted their source water protection plans, as mandated by legislation resulting from the 2014 Water Crisis. Now the Bureau of Public Health is hosting public hearings on those plans. These plans are important because they detail how water utilities plans to protect your drinking water. The public is invited to comment on the plans and provide input. Notices for the public hearings are posted on the websites of the Secretary of State and the Bureau of Public Health.

Check the complete list to see if your utility’s hearing has occurred yet. If you never heard about your utility's hearing, you may live in one of the areas where public notice wasn't given and the hearing will be rescheduled. Read an article on the issue here.

Monroe County Farm Wins Conservation Award 

Canterbury Farm, a 660-acre beef cattle farm in Monroe County, was named the 2016 West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year. Conservation practices like grassland management, erosion and sediment control, nutrient management, and stream protection are exemplified by Canterbury Farm. 

Angie Rosser, WV Rivers' Executive Director, serves on the State Conservation Committee, which helped to select the winner. The State Conservation Committee serves as the governing body of the West Virginia Conservation Agency and oversees policy in WV's conservation districts.

Cast Your Ballot for WV Rivers

The polls are open! WV Living is collecting votes for the 2016 Best of West Virginia Awards. Last year WV Rivers was voted the "Best Conservation Organization" and this year we are in the running again.

Help WV Rivers and YOU, our members, keep our title! Cast your vote for WV Rivers here. Make sure to vote by October, 17 2016. Results will be published in the Winter 2016 issue of WV Living.