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Protecting West Virginia’s Lands and Waters in 2017

posted Dec 30, 2016, 9:16 AM by David Lillard

As the New Year begins, West Virginia’s rivers face unprecedented challenges. WV Rivers up to the task — but we need our members and supporters to help raise the voice for our rivers and public lands.

Every donation is critical for what is ahead in 2017: from fighting off industry-backed efforts to weaken water regulations here at home, to fending off Congressional attacks on the public lands and rivers we love.

West Virginia’s mountains and rivers need your help. Please join your fellow WV Rivers supporters in making a year-end donation today.

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2017 Water Policy Priorities

West Virginia’s Water Quality Standards. 2017 is the year of the triennial revisions of WV’s water pollution limits. This highly technical work requires intensive analysis to present sound science and advocate for strong policies, and we’re the only organization in West Virginia that does it.

Drinking Water Protection. We were instrumental in getting a new law in place to require water utilities to have source water protection plans. Now, the critical question is: What will happen next? We will work with utilities, agencies, local watershed and community groups to make sure those plans don’t just sit on a shelf.

Clean Water Act. Despite our challenges, our water is much cleaner now than it was a generation ago — we can’t go backwards. The Clean Water Act of 1972 saved our nation’s rivers. It is the safety net for WV’s waters when our state has turned its back on our rivers.

Energy and Environment. West Virginia is at the heart of the tension between fossil fuel extraction and the toll it bears on our rivers and people. We can have both good jobs and clean water. We will work with business owners, public leaders and the media to bring forth informed perspectives that shape a new economy for the state that involves better conservation of our natural resources.

Our Public Lands. Members of Congress want to expedite industrial development on public lands, and some even want to sell them off. They want to gut the Land and Water Conservation Fund that has helped protect and provide access to some of our most popular rivers. We must build even more alliances to protect the Monongahela National Forest, the “Birthplace of Rivers.”

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