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WV Rivers News: Headwaters At Risk, Keeping Mercury Out Of The Ohio River, Protecting Crayfish

posted May 18, 2015, 5:35 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated May 22, 2015, 6:35 AM ]
Headwaters at Risk
Headwaters provide important habitat for fish like the eastern brook trout. Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program.

Any day now, the rule clarifying protections for our headwater streams under the federal Clean Water Act is expected to be released. But this week the House passed H.R. 1732 that would halt the Clean Water rulemaking process. Some Senators, including our own Senators Manchin and Capito, are co-sponsors of S. 1140 that not only interferes with the new rule, but further limits waters long protected by the Clean Water Act. 8,309 miles of WV streams are at risk that feed the drinking water of over half of West Virginians, and millions more downstream. Tell your members of Congress to protect our water and support the Clean Water Rule! See fact sheets for more info: H.R. 1732S. 1140Impacts on WV Streams.

Keeping Mercury Out of the Ohio

So far 278 WV Rivers supporters signed our petition to Governor Tomblin asking him to support a current ban that prevents high levels of mercury from being released into the Ohio River. Thank you! We submitted your names along with our technical comments, which you can read here. If you haven't already signed the petition it's not too late, sign here. In the coming months we'll be advocating for the Ohio River and we will need your support and voice behind us. 

Love Crayfish? Here's How to Help 2 WV Species 
Big Sandy Crayfish. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University

Crawdad, crayfish, crawfish or mudbug, whatever you call them crayfish are cool! The wild and wonderful mountain streams of WV are home to two rare species, the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfish. These critters fast disappearing due to water pollution, mainly from coal mining in the southern portion of the state. They are under consideration by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be listed as endangered species, which would protect the crayfish and their habitat from further destruction. Take action and support the listing of the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered species here

Celebrating 25 Years of WV Rivers
Sunday afternoon hikers explore the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. 

WV Rivers staff, board, old friends and new spent a special weekend celebrating 25 years of WV Rivers Coalition at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Thank you to everyone that attended, donated in support of our Science Fund or sent us kind words of congratulations on the milestone. Photos from the weekend can be viewed