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WV Rivers News: Chemical Leak Anniversary, Headwaters Newsletter, Become a Stream Tester

posted Dec 15, 2014, 10:17 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Sep 11, 2015, 5:40 AM ]
One Year Later – “A Month of Water” Events

We are quickly approaching the anniversary of the West Virginia water crisis. January 9, the day the Elk River chemical leak contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians, is a day we cannot forget. Join us on January 9, 2015 to kick off a series of free events to remember, celebrate and prepare for the work ahead to defend our water.
What: Chemical Leak Anniversary Events

When: January 9, 2015

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Citizen Education Workshops - get the latest updates on water issues and how you can be involved. Please RSVP to

6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Honoring the Waters candlelight vigil at the Kanawha River in front of the Capitol.

7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Reception and premier screening of Elk River Blues at the WV Culture Center Theater. This locally produced documentary film features West Virginians’ response to systemic failures that continue to threaten our water.
WV Culture Center, Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston WV 25305

Click here to learn about all of the Month of Water events scheduled throughout January. 

Fall Headwaters Available Online 

Catch up with West Virginia Rivers Coalition and our clean water efforts in our Fall/Winter 2014 Edition of
Headwaters. Would you like to receive Headwaters delivered to your door? Email to request your copy today. 

Give the Gift of Rivers 

Looking for the perfect gift for the river lover in your life? Head over to and give the gift that gives back. We have beautiful screen printed tee's, available in both unisex and women's cuts, and limited edition WV Rivers stainless steel pint glasses. Don't miss out and purchase yours today. 

Looking for something you can't put a price tag on? How about giving the 
gift of clean water and make a contribution to WV Rivers in honor of a loved one? Let friends and family know just how important they are to you by making an investment in West Virginia’s priceless waterways. Your gift recipient will receive a holiday card acknowledging your contribution for clean rivers in their honor and WVRC newsletters delivered to their door.

Stream Monitoring Volunteer Training – Jan. 24 in Morgantown
WVRC and Trout Unlimited will host a free volunteer water-quality monitoring workshop in Morgantown on SaturdayJanuary, 24. The program trains volunteers to monitor high-priority coldwater streams. Contact to get involved in this program.

West Virginia Rivers Showcased Around the Region
Angie Rosser addresses citizens concerned about toxins in their water in Lynchburg VA, where the James River caught on fire after a train derailment earlier this year.

Over the past month, WVRC was invited to share our successes for clean water advocacy in West Virginia with other states. Angie Rosser delivered the keynote at the Georgia Water Coalition’s annual meeting and participated in a series of community meetings in the James River watershed of Virginia to discuss toxic threats common to our rivers. WVRC continues to receive national acknowledgment for its work and accomplishments in response to the 2014 chemical leak.