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WV Rivers News: Election Update, Film Fest, Pipeline News, Founders Award

posted Nov 15, 2016, 11:46 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 11:50 AM ]
Renewed Resolve to Unite for Clean Water 

Through the 27 years WV Rivers has been your advocate for clean rivers and streams, one thing has been constant: It’s really hard to do this work in West Virginia. After the recent elections, many of us share the concern that it will get even tougher. In the midst of uncertainty, as we contemplate what new political leadership will bring, there are things we know:

We can’t go backwards. We’ve made great strides in realizing the aspirations of the Clean Water Act – that safe drinking water and fishable, swimmable waters are a basic right. We’re seeing clean water activism grow in West Virginia. As threats loom to undo gains for our rivers, we will multiply in force.

Clean water bridges the political divide. Whatever our politics, we agree on the right to clean rivers and safe drinking water. We recognize our role in holding government accountable to people.

Our work will be even more important. We’re committed to keeping you informed, telling the truth and building powerful alliances. We are the watchdogs for decisions that affect the rivers you love and depend on.

We can count on you. Last week some of you sent notes of encouragement or made a special donation. You propel us forward. Next on our agenda is defending WV’s Water Quality Standards when the legislature meets in the coming months. We know you’re ready to add your voice. We are so proud of our WV Rivers community – thank you!

WV Rivers Discusses Policy at Pipeline Summit

WV Rivers addressed nearly 200 people at a regional Pipeline Summit sponsored by ABRA and POWHR. A panelist for “The Policy Landscape after November 8”, WV Rivers' Angie Rosser discussed the political transition’s impact on pipeline development and fracking. She mentioned the need for a boost in our state’s economy, while reminding attendees that the environmental and health impacts of fossil fuel extraction once again largely rests on West Virginians’ shoulders. She expressed hope that the new administration will look for alternatives to economic prosperity that don’t compromise our water resources.

Here's how you can get involved – the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline’s draft environmental impact statement is out for public comment. Be on the lookout for our upcoming action alert on how you can submit comments!

WV Rivers Receives WV Sierra Club's Founders Award

WV Rivers' Executive Director Angie Rosser, was recently honored with the West Virginia Sierra Club’s Founders Award. The award honors those who's work has furthered environmental policy and creates a safer and cleaner world.

Citing Angie's leadership and inclusive attitude towards building strong coalitions of advocates, the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club said, "By reaching across the table and shaking hands with our adversaries, she shows that the cause she is fighting for is greater than the stereotypes or traditional grudges that we sometimes hold. In approaching issues in this manner, she moves the conversation forward, unsatisfied with the 'us versus them' status quo."

Congratulations, Angie! The staff and board of WV Rivers couldn't agree more. Thank you for your exemplary leadership.

WV Rivers' Film Festival People's Choice Award Winners 

Cranberry Wilderness by Sam Taylor.

Thank you to all of the sponsors, filmmakers, volunteers and attendees that made the WV Rivers' Film Festival a success! You can check out some photos from the evening here.

New to this year's Film Festival were the People's Choice Awards. Film Festival attendees cast their ballot for their favorite film of the evening and their favorite photograph to win the KEEN Live Monumental award as part of the ongoing Public Lands and Water Photo Contest – click the link to learn how you can submit your photos!

Pictured above is the winning photo, Cranberry Wilderness by Sam Taylor, you can visit his website here.

The People's Choice award for favorite film goes to The Last Dragons - Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders, submitted by Freshwater Illustrated. Enjoy the full film below!