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Water Protection Bill, Pipeline, Film Festival, Take-Back Day

posted Sep 12, 2014, 6:37 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 12:42 PM by angie wv ]

Governor Congratulates Watershed Groups

WVRC Executive Director Angie Rosser accepts the Watershed Celebration Day Proclamation from Governor Tomblin. Watch the presentation here.
Watershed volunteers came to the Capitol September 8 to talk with legislators and be recognized for their dedication to keeping WV streams and rivers clean. The 16th annual Watershed Celebration Day was co-hosted by WVRC and the WV Watershed Network. The day included a panel discussion about the new Source Water Protection Law, an awards luncheon with legislators, a keynote address by Senate Majority Leader John Unger, and a special appearance by Governor Tomblin. Three watershed leaders later addressed a special meeting of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Water Resources. Read more about the event and the award recipients here. 
Holding the Line on Tank Law Deadlines

WVRC was summoned by the Governor’s office and WVDEP Secretary Randy Huffman to weigh in on a proposal to push back deadlines for tank inspections and spill plans required in the new law. We said "don’t delay protection of our water supplies," and they listened. We held your seat at the negotiating table and reached a compromise that holds firm these important deadlines. All tanks will be registered by October 1. Tank owners must submit their spill plans by December 3 and certified inspections by December 31. The move to attempt delay of the implementation of the new law was the first indication that industries are pressing for a weakening of the new water protection law. We will need all hands on deck to defend against these attacks in the upcoming legislative session – stay tuned! Click here for more on the latest developments.

Proposed Pipeline Brings Groups Together

The Dominion Resources proposed pipeline path through Virginia and West Virginia. The Pocahontas County is outlined in black. 
Energy company Dominion Resources' proposed 550 mile natural gas pipeline, that would start in Harrison County, WV, run through Virginia and terminate in North Carolina, raises concerns about potential impacts on the environment and communities throughout its path. In order to better share information and learn more about the project, 22 organizations joined to form the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance. West Virginia Rivers is a member of the Alliance and has concerns over the proposed pipeline's impact on sensitive headwaters in the Monongahela National Forest. To learn more about the proposed pipeline and the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance click here.  

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Oct. 23

Mark your calenders for October 23 because WV Rivers is bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival back to the Metropolitan Theater in Morgantown! Join us for an evening of award winning films, live music by the Halftime String Band, giveaways and prizes. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Purchase tickets in advance online for $8.00, $10.00 at the door - $8.00 with a valid student ID. Join the event on Facebook and let us know you're coming! 

See YOU at Gauley Fest!
Make sure to stop by the WV Rivers booth at Gauley Fest Sept. 19-20 for all your WVRC swag needs. We have tons of surprises in store for lovers of WV Rivers. See you there!

September 27 - National Take-Back Day
Properly dispose of unused and unwanted medications at a National Take-Back Day Initiative location on Saturday, Sept. 27. All type of medications will be accepted. To find a take-back location near you click here


Upcoming Events

October 3-4: Wellness and Water 

Join OVEC for Wellness and Water III: What is the Future of Our Drinking Water? 
To learn more and register click here.

October 4: Elk River Race
To learn more and registerclick here.

October 17-19: WV Environmental Council Fall Conference 
E-Council's Fall Conference is entitled "Climate, Water & Wilderness". To learn more and register click here.