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WV Rivers News: New Water Protection Law, Volunteer Opportunity, Watershed Celebration Day

posted May 19, 2014, 6:00 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Making the New Law Work

Photo by Rich Katz
Clean, healthy rivers and safe drinking water go together. WVRC is focused on making sure the new  water protection law works for you. Last week we submitted technical comments for implementation of the new aboveground storage tank regulations. In coming months, WVRC will support local communities throughout the state in developing required source water protection plans. Click here for a summary of the new law and stay tuned for our action alerts to be involved.
 
WVRC Featured at NWF Annual Meeting
 
WVRC Executive Director Angie Rosser and NWF Board Member Ron Clausen at the NWF Annual Meeting
WVRC’s advocacy work through the water crisis is considered a national model. At the National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, WVRC Executive Director Angie Rosser led a national discussion on water quality and source water protection. The response to the water contamination event has states across the country looking to us to learn from us how to better protect water supplies.

Little Actions = Big Impact

West Virginia Rivers Coalition was recently honored to be the recipient of a very special donation from a 5th grader in Kentucky named Phoebe. Phoebe drew the above poster for an art contest and won. Following the chemical spill into the Elk River, Phoebe shared her poster with WVRC and donated a portion of her winnings to our work. Phoebe's poster has a great message and reminds us the littlest actions can have a big impact on water quality.

Nominate a Watershed Today
Do you know a hard working volunteer or watershed organization that deserves recognition for their efforts? The Watershed Network is now taking nominations for groups and individuals to receive recognition during the annual awards presentation at Watershed Celebration Day. Submit nominations online.

Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Stream Monitor

Southern West Virginia: WVRC and Trout Unlimited will host a volunteer water-quality monitoring workshop in Beaver on Saturday May 31st. The program trains volunteers to monitor coldwater streams in West Virginia and Virginia that could be impacted by shale gas development. Contact Jaimie Holmes at jholmes@tu.org or 304‐614‐6699 to RSVP or to learn more about this program.
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