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WV Rivers News: WV Flooding, Water Policy Update, Submit Your Film to the WV Rivers Film Fest

posted Jul 8, 2016, 6:20 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Responding to the West Virginia Floods

Flood debris after the June 2016 flood. Photo by David T. Stephenson.

As West Virginians, we have a tough road ahead as the massive damage from the June floods continues to be assessed. Our people, homes, businesses, roads and landscape have all suffered from the record-breaking flooding. Here at West Virginia Rivers, we're gathering information to understand the impact the flooding had on our water resources. We know our belief that all West Virginians deserve access to clean, drinkable, swimmable, and fishable rivers and streams will guide our actions as we help our friends, neighbors, and rivers recover. 

Summer Water Policy Update
Photo by Chad Carpenter.

Summer may be here, but we aren't on vacation! We are hard at work defending our right to clean, healthy water. 

We recently submitted comments supporting the EPA's decision to partially disapprove West Virginia's impaired waters list. The EPA recognized 61 additional streams that need to be included on the list due to biological impairment, mainly due to coal mining. This is good news for those streams; they have the attention they need to get on the road to recovery!

Another priority is the proposed changes to WV Water Quality Standards. The WVDEP has proposed 5 changes to the standards that control the types and amounts of pollution allowed in our waters, including a change to the "Category A" drinking water supply protections. You can read the proposed revisions here. A public hearing is scheduled for Aug 9 at 6pm at DEP headquarters in Charleston. Be on the lookout for our action alert to submit your comments!

Congratulations Angie! 

Angie was recently honored with the Women in Conservation Award at the National Wildlife Federation’s yearly conference. She was acknowledged for her exemplary leadership and her achievements towards protecting our communities, water, landscapes, and wildlife. Congratulations Angie!

WV Rivers is proud to serve as the West Virginia Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, you can read more about our partnership with NWF here.

Submit Your Film To The WV Rivers Film Festival!

WV Rivers' annual Film Festival is headed back to the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown on Friday, November 4! Last year, WV Rivers hosted our first homegrown film festival featuring filmmakers and films from West Virginia. This year we are doing it again! 

Submit Your Film!
We are looking for talented filmmakers to submit their films to the 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival. Our film festival is a blend of conservation and adventure films with a focus on West Virginia and Appalachia. Ideal films are under 20 minutes and highlight what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful. You can submit your film here, or download the form here.  

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call Kathleen at 304-637-7201.

The film submission deadline is September 30, 2016. Films selected for the 2016 WV Rivers' Film Festival will be notified by October 10.