Water Policy Update & Call to Action
We're 4 weeks into the 2017 West Virginia Legislative Session and chances are you've already heard about, or have taken action on, one of this session's most high profile bills, the Toxic Water Bill, HB 2506.
HB 2506 makes changes to the way pollution limits are calculated and would increase the amount of toxins industry could discharge into our rivers. HB 2506 recently passed the WV House and will soon be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee. We've created a fact sheet on the bill that debunks some of the most misleading claims made about HB 2506.
Now, we need you to contact your Senators and ask them to keep more toxins and cancer-causing chemicals out of our drinking water supplies by voting NO on HB 2506! Send a letter.
This week we also saw the introduction of a bill we were anticipating, HB 2811, which would add exemptions to the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. We are reviewing the bill and will share more information soon.
Make sure you sign-up for our weekly water policy updates! We'll email you once a week during the legislative session so you always have the most up-to-date information on policies affecting our water and the tools to take action!
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Training - Charleston
Check out Guarding Our Waters, a short film on the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program, to learn more about how volunteers are making a difference for the waters they love.
What: Shale Gas Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Training
When: Saturday, April 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church
520 Kanawha Boulevard West
Charleston, WV 25302
Pre-registration is required for the training. Please fill out this form to register, or call 304-637-7201.
Please apply by Wednesday, April 5. Directions to the training session and an agenda will be provided the week of the training.
Organizing Around Pipelines
WV Rivers is providing technical assistance to communities and individuals on pipeline permits throughout the state. We're working with local partners to host community meetings, educate residents and help prepare comments on pipeline projects. Read about our pipeline organizing here, here and here.
You can submit comments on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline's Draft Environmental Impact Statement through April 6. Read our fact sheet to learn how to submit comments.
The WV Department of Environmental Protection is also accepting comments on permits required for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. WVDEP is accepting comments through March 19. Learn how to submit comments here.
WV Rivers is looking to hire a Public Lands Outreach Coordinator to build support for public lands and raise awareness of both national and local threats. The position will support the work of West Virginians for Public Lands — a vibrant coalition of conservation groups, businesses, and citizens working collaboratively to defend our shared public lands.
The position is a 40 hours/week, one-year position, with the potential for extension. Preference for an experienced outdoors person, especially someone with a passion for fishing, hunting or enjoying our public lands generally. Persons with experience and success in building diverse coalitions are encouraged to apply. View the job posting here.
How to Apply
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Lands Coordinator” in the subject line by March 20.
Share Your Opinion on West Virginia's Water Quality
Researchers at the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design are conducting a survey on perceptions of water quality in West Virginia. Please consider sharing your opinions by taking the survey.
The anonymous survey has 27 questions, and should take only 15 minutes of your time to complete. Please follow this link to start the survey.