3-Years After the Water Crisis: What's Next for Water?
Monday, January 9, marked the 3-year anniversary of the Elk River chemical leak and WV Rivers and partners gathered in Charleston to remember the Water Crisis and look forward towards what's next for our water.
Evan Hansen, WV Rivers' science advisor and representative on the West Virginia Public Water System Supply Study Commission (PWSSSC) discussed the commission's new report which contains 17 recommendations to the legislature. Including a call for downstream water systems to be notified whenever the contents of an upstream chemical storage tank changes.
Advocates for a Safe Water System's Paul Dalzell shared the next steps for the Public Service Commission's investigation into West Virginia American Water. Two public hearings are scheduled for customers of West Virginia American Water to share their views over the company's handling of the Elk River chemical leak.
You can read more about the press conference here and check out photos here.
The 2017 West Virginia legislative session begins on February 8 and the recommendations of the PWSSSC will be a top priority. Stay informed and stay involved, sign-up to receive WV Rivers' Water Policy Updates through out the session.
New Year, New Leadership in West Virginia
As the statewide clean water policy advocate, WV Rivers works closely with statewide elected officials and commissions. Already we’re involved in our state’s leadership transitions. Our executive director, Angie Rosser, was selected by Governor-elect Justice to participate on his Energy and Environment policy transition team. Last month she was re-appointed to the State Conservation Committee that works closely with the WV Department of Agriculture overseeing policies related to the state’s conservation districts.
WV Rivers also has a seat on the Public Water System Supply Study Commission that recently issued recommendations to the incoming state legislature. “Especially in times of transition, it’s important to have a seat at the table,” said Angie Rosser. “We’re called upon to be the voice for all who benefit from clean water.”
Opportunity to Comment on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released the Atlantic Coast Pipeline's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment. Like the Mountain Valley Pipeline, this DEIS is insufficient and lacks the critical information needed to fully evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. Public meetings on the DEIS are scheduled for March 1 in Elkins and March 2 Marlinton, with a comment deadline of April 6. We've prepared a fact sheet on how you can submit comments on the DEIS. Stay tuned to WV Rivers as the comment deadline approaches, we'll be sharing more detailed information on the DEIS and the comment process.
Check out the ACP DEIS in the news here.
WV Rivers Selected to Lead Chesapeake Bay Work
The Choose Clean Water Coalition is a multi-state, 200-member alliance of organizations advocating clean-water policies and funding at the federal level, along with regulatory accountability in states that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.