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WV Rivers News: Upcoming Safe Water Events, SB 625 Signed into Law, Protecting the Ohio, Save the Date - July 9

posted Apr 8, 2016, 8:26 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Governor Signs Public Access to Drinking Water Information into Law
It's official, on April 1 Governor Tomblin signed SB 625 into law! This bill was a big focus of our efforts this legislative session, and your support took it to the finish line. SB 625 allows water utilities and agencies to publicly share information concerning threats to drinking water. It promotes transparency about potential contamination sources and supports citizen input into source water protection planning. Let’s all raise a glass of clean water and toast to this citizen-led success, cheers!

Get Involved - Upcoming Safe Water Events
Have you been wondering how you can get involved in drinking water protection? WV Rivers is here to help through our Safe Water for West Virginia program! 
On Wednesday, April 13, we'll be hosting a webinar on drinking water protection. We'll explain our new toolkit, Drinking Water Protection: A Citizen's Guide to Getting Involved, and answer any questions you have about source water protection planning. It’s free and open to all, register for this webinar here.

We are also hosting Safe Water Public Forums in Lewisburg on April 30Alderson on April 30 and in Shepherdstown on May 12. Learn more about these opportunities and our Safe Water for West Virginia Program here.

Breakthrough for the Ohio River
Some of the great folks working for the health and safety of the Ohio River.

For years ORSANCO, (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission) the commission which sets pollution limits for the Ohio River, has been formally advised by industry. But now groups like WV Rivers will have a voice at the table.  

At the request of WV Rivers and partner conservation organizations, ORSANCO approved the formation of the Watershed Organization Advisory Committee to offer formal policy recommendations on the Ohio River, which serves as the drinking water source for 5 million people. WV Rivers looks forward to representing you on the committee.  The next ORSANCO meeting will be held June 7-9 in Pittsburgh.

Save the Date: WV Rivers Event in the Birthplace of Rivers - July 9-10

Grab your calendars and circle the weekend of July 9-10! WV Rivers is planning a weekend retreat in beautiful Slatyfork, WV. 

Join WV Rivers staff, board and fellow supporters for a relaxing weekend enjoying the streams, mountains, and forests of the Birthplace of Rivers. 

Stay tuned to our e-newsletter and, we'll be sharing more information soon. Hope to see you in July!