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WV Rivers News: Headwaters Newsletter, Oil Train Update, Welcome Matt Kearns, Jan. 9 - Save the Date

posted Nov 13, 2015, 6:40 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 8:56 AM by David Lillard ]
Headwaters Now Available

WV Rivers is excited to share with you the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of our newsletter, Headwaters.

Inside you'll find updates on our community drinking water protection project, water policy updates and much more. Click here to download your copy. If you'd like to receive a print copy of Headwaters please email us or call 304-637-7201.

Keeping Our Water Safe From Oil Trains

The Federal Railroad Association released their Accident Finding Report for the CSX train derailment along the Kanawha River, concluding that the derailment was preventable. Inspection records showed rail defects at the point of derailment. Another report, released this week by Waterkeeper Alliance and partners, concludes that crumbling infrastructure, and inadequate federal oversight threaten our waterways and the safety of millions of Americans. Today, WV Rivers Coalition is presenting at the National Oil Train Conference representing voices of Valley High School students impacted by the CSX Derailment. The students wrote letters asking our government to enforce rail safety and protect our communities. For more information on oil trains click here.

Save the Date!

WV Rivers Coalition is hosting a Public Forum on Drinking Water Protection at the Culture Center in Charleston on Jan. 9, 2016 in conjunction with the 2 year anniversary of the Water Crisis. For more information on participating in this event, contact Autumn Bryson.

Birthplace of Rivers Postcards: You can help!

At the WV Rivers annual Film Festival in Morgantown over 100 people signed postcards asking Sen. Manchin to introduce monument legislation.

Now we need you - can you help get postcards signed? Contact Kathleen Tyner for information.

Welcome Matt!

Please give a warm welcome to Matt Kearns, who joins the WV Rivers team on our public lands campaigns. Matt served 9 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and recently moved back home to the Mountain State. He was introduced to WV Rivers through his volunteer work on the Birthplace of Rivers campaign. In his role, Matt will be working to promote public lands access and build grassroots support for the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument. Welcome Matt and wish him a Happy Veterans Day!