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WV Rivers News: New Pipeline Report, Drinking Water Protection, OneWatershed, Fall Events

posted Sep 2, 2016, 7:11 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 7:12 AM ]
Citizens Express Concerns Over Water Quality
Speakers at the Antero Landfill public hearing in Doddridge County.

WV Rivers has been working with local partners in Doddridge and Ritchie Counties to educate and empower impacted communities where Antero Resources is proposing to site a large-scale fracking waste landfill. With your help we sent 160 comments to WVDEP on the Water Quality Certification and Stormwater permits. The stormwater permit comment period was extended to Sept 3. If you haven’t submitted your comments yet, you can do so here.

We are co-hosting a public meeting with Friends of the Hughes River Watershed Association on the proposed facility Sept 13 at the Women's Club in Harrisville, WV. Join us – more info here.

Next Steps for Water Quality Standards
Over 300 citizens voiced their concerns about the DEP’s proposed changes to the state’s water quality standards. Late last week the WVDEP released their response to the comments submitted on the proposed changes.

Disappointingly, the WVDEP decided to move forward with proposals that only benefit industry and allow for increases of dangerous pollutants in our waters.

Now, these proposed changes will go before the legislature in 2017. We’ll need even more voices to call on their representatives to protect the public’s health and quality of our water and vote against the proposed changes.

Make sure you sign up for our policy list to stay informed on how you can help protect our water.

Meet Our 2016 OneWatershed Fellows
OneWatershed connects watershed leaders with college and high-school students to create outreach programs that recruit young volunteers. WV Rivers' OneWatershed Fellows will assist watershed groups on brand building, social media strategies, and media with the goal of building the core of youth and parent volunteers.

Each watershed group will get a team of young professionals to assist with outreach and create a short video documenting an upcoming event. This year’s program will take place September 9–11 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. We are so happy to introduce you to our 2016 Fellows, selected from many terrific applicants from across West Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Meet them here.

New Report on Risks to Drinking Water from Gas Pipelines
WV Rivers and partners recently released a report on pipeline construction impacts to drinking water supplies. The report, Guidance for Monitoring Effects of Gas Pipeline Development on Surface Water and Groundwater Supplies, provides information concerning:

  • Potential impacts, risks, and water supply issues related to pipeline development;
  • Data needed to hold pipeline developers responsible for harm to water supplies;
  • Methods to establish baseline information and long-term monitoring of water quantity and quality to detect changes; and
  • Laboratories and consultants that can conduct monitoring and analysis.
The guidelines for monitoring water resources are applicable to landowners and water providers who may be impacted by pipeline development.

Join WV Rivers for Films, Music and Fun!
WV Rivers' annual Film Festival is headed back to the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown on Friday, November 4! Last year, WV Rivers hosted our first homegrown film festival featuring filmmakers and films from West Virginia and the surrounding region. This year we're doing it again!

In addition to great films this year's Film Festival will include live music by the Halftime String Band and our famous raffle. It's an evening you won't want to miss!

Be sure to stay tuned to, early bird tickets will be on sale soon!

Submit Your Film!
Are you a filmmaker? Submit your film to be showcased during the Film Festival here.

Sponsor the Film Festival!
Are you a business owner looking for a fun way to support WV Rivers' mission? Sponsorship is a great way to make a big impact, learn more here.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call Kathleen at 304-637-7201.

President Proclaims National Monument in Maine
Join us in celebrating a new National Monument! President Obama has created theKatahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, in Maine. In his statement, the president said, “This monument will protect approximately 87,500 acres, including the stunning East Branch of the Penobscot River and a portion of the Maine Woods that is rich in biodiversity and known for its outstanding opportunities to hike, canoe, hunt, fish, snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski.” The Birthplace of Rivers could be next!Add your voice to those calling on President Obama to create the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument!

See You at Gauley Fest!
The countdown is on for American Whitewater's annual Gauley Fest! Gauley Fest, the largest paddling festival in the world, will be held Sept. 15–18 at the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park in Summersville. 

WV Rivers will be there and we hope you'll stop by our tent to say "hello" and sign a Birthplace of Rivers support postcard. See you there!