Environmental Quality Board Upholds Tank Bill
West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, represented by Appalachian Mountain Advocates, successfully intervened in defense of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act enacted as a result of the 2014 Elk River chemical leak. The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia had appealed the DEP's methods for delineating the zones that determine which tanks are regulated. The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board agreed with our arguments and upheld the DEP rules, stopping the latest attack by industry on the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. Read more here.
Elkspedition Highlights Birthplace of Rivers, Drinking Water
Matt Kearns and Adam Swisher start a journey from the Elk River headwaters in Birthplace of Rivers to the mouth of the Kanawha on May 16. The duo will hike, bike, and paddle the length of the river to show the connection between our pristine headwaters in public lands and the waters we rely on in our homes. Follow their sojourn here. WV Rivers will welcome the team to Coonskin Park on May 30 for a free Memorial Day picnic — everyone is invited.
Go here for more information about the May 30 event in Charleston.
Safe Water for West Virginia Next Steps
WV Rivers and 35 partner organizations from across the state hosted a series of four public forums and a webinar on safe water. So far, over 250 West Virginians learned about drinking water protection and the importance of their participation in the source water protection planning process. Our final Safe Water For West Virginia Public Forum takes place in Shepherdstown on May 12. If you were unable to attend a forum, you can download copies of our toolkit Drinking Water Protection: A Citizen's Guide to Getting Involved and our fact sheet on public participation.
Now it's time for you to add your input! Water utilities are finalizing their source water protection plans and need to submit them to the state by July 1. The first of many public hearings on these plans is scheduled for the Morgantown Utility Board’s Source Water Protection Plan on May 12. Public Hearing notices will be posted on the Secretary of State's webpage.
WV Rivers Event in the Birthplace of Rivers - July 9-10
Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Birthplace of Rivers.
Grab your calendars and circle the weekend of July 9-10! WV Rivers is planning a weekend retreat in beautiful Slatyfork, WV.
Join WV Rivers staff, board and fellow supporters on Saturday, July 9, at the Elk River Inn and Restaurant for a casual evening of food, fun and music. On Sunday we'll offer guided tours exploring the best of the Birthplace of Rivers. From relaxing walks in theCranberry Glades Botanical Area to hiking the Falls of Hills Creek, we'll have something for everyone.
Stay tuned to our e-newsletter and wvrivers.org; we'll be sharing more information soon. Hope to see you in July!
Good News for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
We asked and you answered! We sent an Action Alert to WV Rivers members asking you to send a message to Senator Manchin voicing your support of reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses royalties from off-shore oil and gas leases to buy federal land for recreation and conservation. Your messages worked; both of West Virginia’s U.S. Senators voted in favor of the LWCF, helping it pass the full senate with permanent reauthorization. Way to go! Learn more here.
Letters To President Mount Daily
Our Earth Day call for letters to President Obama asking him to create Birthplace of Rivers National Monument topped our goal of 800 — and is still growing. There’s still time for you to add your name!