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WV Rivers News: Pipeline Report, Protecting Drinking Water, BOGO Film Fest Tickets, OneWatershed

posted Oct 9, 2015, 6:59 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Oct 9, 2015, 8:23 AM ]

Bringing the Public Voice into Pipeline Projects

With multiple new natural gas pipelines set to cross WV streams, like the 564-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, WV Rivers and partner organizations commissioned Downstream Strategies to investigate opportunities for public participation in the decision making process surrounding pipelines. The report is timely as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline submitted their full application to regulators Sept. 18. Learn more about the report here.

Drinking Water Protection Starts in Your Community
WV Rivers kicked-off our new Drinking Water Protection Community Engagement Project which aims to strengthen public participation in drinking water protection planning efforts throughout the state. A new law requires public water systems to develop Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs), with public input. Stay tuned for a release of our Drinking Water Protection Citizen Toolkit to help you and your neighbors take on leadership roles in local drinking water protection.  Read more about the project here

BOGO WV Rivers' Film Festival Tickets

Buy one ticket to WV Rivers' Film Festival get one free! BOGO tickets are available online until Thursday, Oct. 15. Discount will be applied at checkout. 

The WV Rivers' Film Festival is an evening you won't want to miss! We're featuring films and filmmakers with deep West Virginia roots. Like award winning filmmaker Mike Youngren and his film Elk River Blues. Check out the trailer below. 

The WV Rivers’ Film Festival is Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Metropolitan Theater in Morgantown. Doors open and music with the Halftime String Band starts at 6:00pm, films start at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance online, $10 at the door. Remember BOGO ends Thursday, Oct. 15!

Ohio River Mercury Update
Yesterday ORSANCO, the commission that controls pollution for the Ohio River, disappointingly eliminated the upcoming Oct. 16 deadline for prohibiting mixing zones that allow high amounts of mercury to be dumped into the river. Enforcement of the ban is now in the states’ hands to determine timeframes that would be “practicable” for industries to comply. “This decision to eliminate the ban deadline provides no end in sight to the increasing mercury pollution in the Ohio River,” said Angie Rosser, Executive Director of WV Rivers Coalition. “Cleaner water for our residents simply can’t wait.” For more on this decision, click here.

Youth As Watershed Ambassadors

It’s not easy to capture the interest of young people these days—there’s so much competition for their attention. We partnered with Warm Springs Watershed Associationand Friends of the Cacapon River to create a one-week film camp to empower youth in using their electronic devices to tell stories about local watersheds. The OneWatershed pilot project gave high school students a chance to learn about news reporting film editing, and watershed ecology. Now we’re taking what we learned to help watershed groups to re-tool their social media, websites, and youth outreach. Read more about OneWatershed here and watch some of the videos here