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WV Rivers News: Say No to Mercury in the Ohio, Pipeline Comments Due

posted Apr 10, 2015, 6:31 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Apr 10, 2015, 6:38 AM ]
Say No To More Mercury in the Ohio River

The Ohio River, the drinking water source for 5 million people,tops the list of America’s most polluted rivers. A dozen years ago, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), who sets water pollution limits for the Ohio River, ordered a ban on the use of mercury dilution zones. Now the Commission is considering getting rid of the ban altogether.
Mercury is a neurotoxin, known to be poisonous to both animals and humans—especially children. WV Rivers has teamed up with the Kentucky Waterways Alliance to involve you in making sure the health of the river and the public are protected from such a dangerous toxin.
The Commission is asking for public input about the removal of the ban and the pollution limit on mercury. The first opportunity is at an April 14 public hearing in Cincinnati; see more info from KWA here. Soon we will roll out our campaign to involve all of you and your friends in making your voice heard for a healthier, safer Ohio River – stay tuned!

Pipeline Comments Due April 28
The proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is in red. Map courtesy of the MARE Project.

Huge natural gas transmission pipelines are a hot topic in West Virginia, especially when the proposed route takes them through the Monongahela National Forest and the headwaters region of the state. Right now, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is collecting public input to inform the scope of their Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and they need to hear from you. Here are our suggested talking points to include in scoping comments to protect water resources as well as details on how to submit your comments by April 28

WV Rivers Featured at National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting

WV Rivers has served as the West Virginia Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation since 2010 and recently we were honored to have the NWF Annual Meeting take place along the banks of the mighty Potomac River in Shepherdstown, WV. We're proud to be part of the National Wildlife Federation's 79 year legacy of wildlife conservation. Learn more about NWF here

Left: Angie Rosser delivers opening remarks at the NWF Annual Meeting. Photo by Kaila Drayton.

Welcome Rob Goodwin to WV Rivers’ Team

WV Rivers welcomes Rob Goodwin as a contracted specialist supporting our water policy and enforcement initiatives. Rob’s background involves promoting regulatory accountability in enforcing environmental and clean water laws, particularly in the mining arena. This work has included researching coal slurry impoundments for the Sludge Safety Project as well as programmatic failures of the state mining program for the WV Citizen Action for Real Enforcement Campaign (WVCARE). Rob lives in Fayetteville on the rim of the New River Gorge National River; he enjoys canoeing, hiking, biking, and skiing. Welcome aboard, Rob!

Earth Day Conference: Preserving Sacred Appalachia 

Monday, April 13
, is the last day to register for "Preserving Sacred Appalachia: Gathering, Speaking and Acting in Unity". This one-of-a-kind conference will bring together environmental advocates and the faith community to learn about the issues facing our planet. WV River's Executive Director, Angie Rosser, will lead a session on water quality. 
Learn more and register