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WV River News: Water Bill, March Events and Volunteer Opportunity

posted Mar 7, 2014, 7:50 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Mar 7, 2014, 8:04 AM ]
Water Protection Bill Almost to the Finish Line

Thanks to the hard work of many delegates and the calls they received from WVRC supporters, a strong water protection bill (SB 373) passed the House this week and is on its way back to the Senate. An agreement on the bill must be reached by midnight tomorrow for the legislation to go to the Governor to sign. Here is an important action to take today for clean water:

Contact the House Speaker, Senate President, and the legislators that represent you. Tell them:

1. Do not support any weakening of SB 373, as passed by the House.
2. Instate reasonable fees to make new water protection programs funded by industries and not taxpayers. 
3. Remove provisions that prevent us from knowing what chemicals are near our drinking water.

Speaker Tim Miley: 
Phone: (304) 340-3210.

President Jeff Kessler:
Phone: (304) 357-7801

Find your legislators here, if you do not know who they are:

Speaking up for West Virginia Rivers on Capitol Hill

Angie Rosser and Evan Hansen at the US Senate on Thursday

The West Virginia Water Crisis has the attention of Congress. This week WVRC led a group of West Virginians to meet with our congressional delegation to discuss steps to recover our right to clean water. Yesterday, Evan Hansen testified before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about the lessons learned from the Elk River chemical leak. In the coming months, WVRC will be tracking the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act introduced by Senators Manchin, Rockefeller and Boxer to work toward better protection of water resources in West Virginia and across the nation.

Your Cure for Cabin Fever 
Break out of the winter blues and connect with fellow river lovers, March offers fun events for everyone - so get out and get involved!

Party at the Capitol - March 8

Come celebrate the close of the legislative session with WVRC and allies from 11am-4pm in the Upper Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Charleston. We will have speakers, music, and food as we celebrate clean water and democracy! Learn more.

Rescheduled: Backcountry Film Festival - March 13
Last month Mother Nature forced WVRC to postpone the Backcountry Film Festival but we are happy to announce the rescheduled dated of March 13. Join us at Shepherd University at 7:00pm for the best in winter sports films! Purchase your tickets online.

2013 Winter Wildlands Alliance Back Country Film Festival Trailer from Backcountry Film Festival on Vimeo.

WV Watershed Network's Shale Gas Monitoring Meeting - March 20

Learn water quality monitoring tools and techniques at the WV Watershed Network's Shale Gas Monitoring Meeting on Thursday, March 20. You'll have an opportunity to learn about WVRC's and Trout Unlimited's successful monitoring program while networking with like minded attendees.  A RSVP is required for this event. 

Whitewater Film Extravaganza - March 22

Come out and support the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, a yearly event that raises awareness and funds for environmental organizations, by attending their Whitewater Film Extravaganza and Chili Cook-Off. For entry forms and more information click here.

Volunteer Opportunity

Chesapeake Bay Clean-up
WVRC is looking for organizations and individuals in the Eastern Panhandle to join us for Project Clean Streamone of the largest watershed clean-ups in the country. If you're interested in participating email or call 304-637-7201.

Project Clean Stream from Chesapeake Bay Program on Vimeo.