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Here are links to our current research and citizens' guides.

Drinking Water Protection

Category A Fact SheetCategory A is the human health use category that is applied to waters, which, after conventional treatment, are used for human consumption.

Published in partnership with WV FREE and Downstream Strategies, the report details some of the dangerous toxins Category A protects us from and why removal of Category A is a bad idea. 

Drinking Water Protection: A Citizen's Guide to Getting InvolvedDeveloped with Downstream Strategies, the toolkit educates community stakeholders and prepares them to take on a leadership role in source water protection planning.

2016 Public Water System Supply Study Commission Recommendations. The report submitted to the 2016 West Virginia legislature on the recommends of the Public Water System Supply Study Commission, in which WV Rivers serves. The commission was created as a result of the 2014 Elk River chemical leak and the resulting Aboveground Storage Tank Act to provide recommendations or suggestions regarding public water system infrastructure.


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia: Opportunities for Public Engagement regarding Erosion and Sedimentation. The report investigate public input opportunities related to the onslaught of proposed natural gas pipeline construction projects across the state. 

Guidance for Monitoring Effects of Gas Pipeline Development on Surface Waters and Groundwater. A report for landowners and water providers concerned about the potential impacts of pipeline development on water supplies. Published in partnership with Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Cowpasture River Preservation Association, Friends of Nelson, Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Highlanders for Responsible Development, and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.

Water Crisis

The Freedom Industries Spill: Lessons Learned, Needed Reforms. Our report produced after the January 9, 2014 chemical leak into the Elk River. 

Aboveground Storage Tanks in West Virginia: A Snapshot. A report prepared with Downstream Strategies on the location, ownership, and potential threats from aboveground storage tanks throughout the state.