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WV Rivers News: Take Action to Protect Streams, Rally for Birthplace of Rivers at Gauley Fest, Welcome Autumn

posted Sep 4, 2015, 9:07 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Sep 4, 2015, 9:13 AM ]

Birthplace of Rivers Supporters Gather in Slatyfork

WV Rivers hosted a reception for 40 local supporters of the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument in Pocahontas County on August 21. Senator Joe Manchin was represented by his Sportsmen and Natural Resources liaison Frank Jezorio; he shared Manchin’s commitment to “bring people to the table” so that the Senator can introduce legislation to designate the monument. Following Jezioro’s remarks, WV Rivers’ Angie Rosser facilitated a dialogue among local business owners, sportsmen, local elected officials, and community leaders.

To stay up to date on the campaign, sign up on our Birthplace of Rivers list 

Take Action to Protect Streams Threatened by Mountaintop Mining

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s proposed Stream Protection Rule is now out for public comment. The rule sets out to “better protect streams, fish, wildlife, and related environmental values from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations.” One of the national public hearings is happening right here in West Virginia on Sept. 17 – please join us in speaking up for clean streams and healthy communities! 

Public Hearing information
Date: Thursday, September 17
Location: Charleston Civic Center 200 Civic Center Dr., Charleston, WV 25301
Time: 5–9 p.m.

RSVP here to receive more details about the rule, the public hearing pre-party and transportation assistance.

Welcome Autumn!

Please join us in giving Autumn Bryson a warm welcome! Autumn recently joined the WV Rivers’ team as Program Director. She will lead our new drinking water protection project and provide technical support on our water policy work and other clean water campaigns.

Autumn relates, "Water is one of our most precious resources. I have always admired what WV Rivers does to protect our water resources. I am thrilled to be a part of the team to continue this important work."

Click here to learn more about Autumn’s background and expertise.

Gauley Fest!

The countdown is on for American Whitewater's annual Gauley FestSept. 18–19, in Summersville. This year WV Rivers is rallying support for theBirthplace of Rivers National Monument with our friends at American Whitewater and KEEN Footware. KEEN's Live Monumental cross-country tour promoting new National Monuments is making a stop at Gauley Fest.

Come out, show your support and join the party! Cant make it to Gauley Fest? Catch the Live Monumental tour in Lewisburg on Sept. 18 at Hill and Holler Bike Works from 1-5pm. 

Are you a boater looking for details on river access during Gauley season? Click here to see an open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreational Area.

NO MORE Mercury in the Ohio - Comment by 5pm TODAY

Today is the last chance to comment on three corporations’ requests to be excused from requirements to limit the mercury they dump into the Ohio River. We need you to tell ORSANCO, the commission that sets pollution limits, that every company must follow the law – no delays, no excuses.

Email your comments by 5pm today (9/4) to

Suggested messages include:
  • Don’t delay in enforcing the ban on allowing high levels of mercury in our water supply.
  • Reject requests for certain companies to get a “variance” from the law. There should be consequences for companies who don’t comply with regulations, not a pass to continue to violate the law.
  • These corporations were given 12 years to clean up their act, allowing them more time to dump high amounts of mercury isn’t fair.
  • The Ohio River already suffers the most industrial pollution in the nation, now must be the time to change that.
Click here for more information on our No MORE campaign resource page. Click here for details on the variance requests now out for public comment.