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WV Rivers News: Job Announcement, Water Policy, Pipeline Update, Water Quality Monitoring Training

posted Mar 8, 2017, 7:22 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 7:22 AM ]
Water Policy Update & Call to Action
Citizens packed the House Chamber during the HB 2506 public hearing.

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

Grab your calendars! We're hosting a water quality monitoring training in Charleston, WV on April 8. As part of the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program, we're training volunteers to effectively monitor water quality in areas with the potential to experience impacts from shale gas development.

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
    Webb Room

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' Program Director, Autumn Crowe, provides technical assistance to communities impacted by natural gas 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.

Get involved!
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.

We're Hiring a Public Lands Outreach Coordinator

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 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.

WV Rivers in the News
Public hearing decries relaxing WV water quality standards 

Community to raise concerns, ask questions at Mountain Valley Pipeline meeting Tuesday

HB 2506 Drawing Heated Debate

Water pollution bill makes broad changes sought by industry 

West Virginia Rivers Holds a Community Meeting on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline 

Public meeting to be held Feb. 28 regarding Mountain Valley Pipeline

WV Senate leaders begin looking at water pollution bill

Meeting highlights pipeline concerns
Bill that allows more WV water pollution advances

Upshur County Commission hears about proposed pipeline

Judge blasts WVDEP, EPA over lack of mine pollution cleanup 

Community meeting for pipeline scheduled

West Virginia House Votes to Revise Water Pollution Limits

Group: vital information missing from pipeline permits

W.Va. lawmakers support Trump’s actions to stop Waters of the United States rule

West Virginia May Change Water Pollution Rule