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WV Rivers News: Water Crisis Update, Shepherdstown Film Festival, Become a Stream Monitor

posted Feb 7, 2014, 7:45 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 2:14 PM by Web Editor ]

Water Crisis Update: WVRC Working for You

WVRC Executive Director Angie Rosser testifies at the public hearing on the West Virginia Water Crisis. 
Much of our attention is on legislation in response to the chemical leak and ensuing water crisis. We are at the legislature, working to pass a strong water protection bill. We are in the community, mobilizing public input. Next week we go to Washington DC to promote federal actions for clean water.
We are seeing progress. Legislators are incorporating 
our recommendations into the water protection bill. They responded to our concerns about weakening the aluminum water quality standard; just yesterday a committee withdrew the harmful revision from the bill.
Thank you to all who responded to our action alerts. It’s clear we are making a difference!
We still need your financial support to sustain our policy advocacy efforts. We need everyone to give what they can to keep up the momentum. Please 
donate today!

WVRC Brings Film Festival to Shepherdstown

Join WVRC Thursday, February 13 in Shepherdstown for the Backcountry Film Festival. The Festival features stunning footage of snowy peaks and high-country adventure, and moving stories of people who have found meaning and answers to life’s questions by spending time in the quiet, cold snow of the backcountry. Join us for a fun night of films, prizes, music and celebration.

Films start at 7:00 pm at the Byrd Center at Shepherd University. Tickets are only $5.  For information and tickets, click here.
Host a Water Safety Forum in Your Community
The Elk River leak awakened West Virginians – the safety of our water supplies depends on our involvement. Recently WVRC presented the findings of the
 “Lessons Learned” report to about 60 people at a gathering sponsored by the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association. Residents learned more about threats to local drinking water supplies and how to engage the entire community in developing Source Water Protection Plans. Contact us if you are interested in organizing a public forum in your local community.
Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Stream Monitor

Trout Unlimited's Eastern Water Project Director Katy Dunlap, WVRC Staff Kathleen Tyner and TU AmeriCorp Volunteer Jaimie Homes at a volunteer monitoring training in Fayetteville, WV. 

Back by popular demand! WVRC and Trout Unlimited will host a volunteer water-quality monitoring workshop in Elkins. The program trains volunteers to monitor coldwater streams in West Virginia and Virginia that could be impacted by shale gas development. Contact Jaimie Holmes at or 304‐614‐6699 to RSVP or to learn more about this program.