Water Policy Call to Action
In WV Rivers' weekly Water Policy Update we highlight the most important action you can take for clean water that week. In-depth information about the actions can be found in the articles below.
This week's action: Contact your delegate and tell them to support SB 625 that is critical to public participation in source water protection planning.
Your Letters Worked - SB 625 Advances to House Floor!
Your contacts to the House Judiciary Committee worked! SB 625 to keep public access to information about threats to water supplies passed out of the committee Saturday evening. Now it should be voted on by the full House by mid-week.
Please take action to let your Delegates know to vote “yes” – we know it’s making a difference! For more information, check out our fact sheet.
EPA Voices Concerns on Water Quality Standards Revisions
Many of you have been helpful in voicing concerns to legislators about HB 4053, a bundle of DEP rules that includes revisions to allow more Aluminum and Selenium pollution in rivers and streams across the state. EPA also shares some of our concerns in a recent letter to DEP.
Read Charleston Gazette-Mail’s coverage here. If these revisions pass the Legislature, EPA must approve them before they can go into effect. We will keep you posted on how this plays out!
Bills We’re Watching
This is the final week and many bills have died – including SB 565 related to drilling permit changes – thanks for your contacts last week that helped lay that bad idea to rest! Bills still in play we’re keeping a close eye on include:
Safe Water Event - March 22
Provide your input on local drinking water protection efforts! WV Rivers and Fayette County Resource Coordinator Office are co-hosting a public forum on safe water. Fayette County Water Utilities will be present to talk about potential contamination sources to local water supplies, discuss collaborative ways to manage those threats, and explain how to provide input on source water protection plans.