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WV Rivers News: Protection for Headwaters, Medication Take-Back, Explore WV

posted Jun 5, 2015, 7:16 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Jun 5, 2015, 7:22 AM ]
Restored Protection for WV's Headwaters

new rule clarifies which bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act. This is good news for West Virginia's headwaters – the rule restores protections for 8,390 miles of West Virginia streams! These headwater streams are vitally important to the health of our drinking water sources and the rivers we play in. Show your support for the new rule by signing our petition. We'll share it with our members of Congress, letting them know that we care about West Virginia’s headwaters. Learn more about the rule here

Medication Take-Back Gets Support From WV Senators
West Virginia's Senator Manchin and Senator Capito recently called on the
 U.S. Attorney General for the reinstatement of National Drug Take-Back Days, which were discontinued in 2014. The semiannual take-back days collected over 2,400 tons of medication since 2010. They were critical in removing unwanted medications from communities and prevented them from being tossed in the trash or flushed down the toilet, directly introducing pharmaceuticals into our water. WV Rivers thanks Senator Manchin and Senator Capito for their support of the program. If you have unwanted medications, search for a take-back location near you here and here

Explore The Birthplace of Rivers This Summer
Try fishing the Cherry River, one of the six rivers whose headwaters lie in the Birthplace of Rivers. 

If you subscribe to WV Rivers’ monthly Birthplace of Rivers e-news — and you should — each month you learn about a new place to explore in the proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument area. We’ve created a new section on our website devoted to help you discover new trails, fishing spots, put-ins and campsites. We’ll continue to add new experiences, so you’ll be able to visit often and see something new each time. With contributors like West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, the mountain bike group Pocahontas Trails, and longtime WV Rivers paddlers, the site will come to life this summer. Check out the first entries to plan your summer travel

Get Your Copy of Headwaters

WV Rivers print newsletter, Headwaters, is available for download. Catch up on WV Rivers' programming and learn about exciting new projects to protect West Virginia's rivers and streams!  If you'd like to receive a paper copy of Headwaters,email or call 304-637-7201.