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WV Rivers News: Summer Water Policy, Headwaters Available for Download, Upcoming Events

posted Jun 10, 2016, 7:39 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Summer Water Policy Forecast
Included in the EPA's list of 61 streams to be added to the WV impaired stream list are 26.5 miles of the Blackwater River. Photo: Blackwater River by Kent Mason.

Our Water Policy Workgroup has a busy summer ahead researching proposed policies affecting our water. We'll be counting on you to add your voice during upcoming comment periods. What's up:
  • EPA consideration of aluminum and selenium.  The WV Legislature passed DEP rules during a special session last week. The rules bundle included making the selenium and aluminum water quality standards more permissive to benefit the coal industry. Now these changes must be approved by EPA to go into effect. Read the news coverage here and here.
  • Comment period on WV's impaired stream list. EPA partially disapproved WV's impaired waters list and added 61 streams to the list because of biological damage primarily in areas impacted by coal mining. We're preparing comments to reinforce EPA’s action to help get streams damaged by coal mining on the road to recovery. Learn more here.
  • Proposed revisions to WV Water Quality Standards. The WVDEP is proposing 5 changes to the standards that control types and amounts of pollution in our waters, including a change to the "Category A" drinking water supply protections. See a summary of the changes here. Be on the lookout for action alerts about the public hearing and comment period! 
WV Rivers Newsletter, Headwaters, Available for Download
Have you checked out the latest edition of WV Rivers Coalition's print newsletterHeadwaters? Inside you'll find in depth updates on our current programs, like stream monitoring and Safe Water for West Virginia as well as the latest news on our water policy priorities. You can download a copy here.

If you'd like a hard copy mailed to your home or office, call 304-637-7201. 

173-Mile Elkspedition Ends With Flotilla and Picinc

On Memorial Day over 100 people joined WV Rivers for the Elkspedition Homecoming Picnic and Flotilla. During the afternoon a floating parade of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, canoes, duckies and rafts provided by ACE Adventure Resort joined the Elkspediton team, Matt Kearns and Adam Swisher, to paddle a section of the Elk River. We greeted them at Coonskin Park in Charleston with a picnic to celebrate the conclusion of the 173-mile Elkspedition, a trek from the Elk's headwaters to its confluence with Kanawha River in Charleston.

Check out some of our favorite photos from the day and catch-up on news stories about the event herehere and here. Visit the Elkspedition blog and relive the journey! 

20% Off Best of Birthplace of Rivers Tickets Ends Today 6/10!
Experience the best of West Virginia's spectacular Birthplace of Rivers! Join WV Rivers staff, board and fellow river stewards at the Elk River Inn and Restaurant, July 9-10 in beautiful Slatyfork, WV. 

On Saturday, July 9, enjoy a barbecue buffet dinner, live music, a campfire and stargazing under the darkest skies in the East. Sunday, choose from a selection of guided outdoor recreation excursions showcasing the best of the Birthplace of Rivers; lunch included.   

Purchase your tickets today!

Upcoming Summer Events
June 10-11: Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival. This great event raises money for river conservation and conservation organizations like WV Rivers Coalition. The Festival features live music, good food and a variety of vendors.

June 11-12: Free Fishing Weekend. West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2016. During these two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in West Virginia for free.

June 10-19: Paddle Potomac!. Experience the most beautiful scenery in the region with the Potomac Riverkeepers. Twelve diverse paddle trips, from novice to advanced, from a few hours to a few days.

June 12: Duffields Train Station Rain Garden Planting. Help plant the newly installed rain garden.

June 18: Ohio River Sweep 2016. Since 1989, this award-winning cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries brings thousands of volunteers to the riverbanks to remove tons of trash and debris.

June 18: Greenbrier River Watershed Association Film and Live Music. A screening of the award winning documentary Medicine of The Wolf by Hillsboro native Julia Huffman, followed by live music by the Nightcrawlers.

June 20: KEEN + Wild & Scenic Present: LIVE MONUMENTAL in LEWISBURG. This film festival is a collaborative effort to bring the best films about the places we love and play to communities around the country. 

July 9-10: Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend. Experience the best of West Virginia's spectacular Birthplace of Rivers! Join WV Rivers staff, board and fellow river stewards July 9-10 in beautiful Slatyfork, WV.