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WV Rivers Water Policy Updates: Week 5 Of The 2016 Legislative Session

posted Feb 17, 2016, 8:22 AM by Kathleen Tyner
Uniting Voices for Clean Water
Thank you to the many groups and individuals who joined us at the Capitol last week for a press conference and solidarity letter to the residents of Flint. United, we make a powerful statement for clean water. Check out the news coverage herehere and hereand our photo album. Please keep sharing these messages on social media and directly with your lawmakers – no more rollbacks in protecting our water!

WV Rivers Presents Recommendations 
Last week our Science Advisor, Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies, detailedpriorities to protect water supplies to the Joint Legislative Commission on State Water Resources. Evan serves as WV Rivers’ representative to the Public Water System Supply Study Commission that is set up to provide annual recommendations to the Legislature. Stay tuned for the anticipated introduction of an important bill clarifying the public’s right to access information for effective source water protection planning.

The “Regulatory Reform” Agenda
The current majority in the WV Legislature has made it clear that “regulatory reform” is a priority this session. One bill we are watching closely is SB 535 that calls for an overhaul of our state’s water regulations. One intent of this bill is to make sure our state’s protections are no more stringent than federal protections. It is set to be taken up first by the Senate Energy, Industry & Mining Committee. For more on the suite of environmental regulatory reforms introduced so far, see WV Environmental Council’s blog post here.

Activist Panel at Marshall Graduate College
This Wednesday, Feb. 17, Angie Rosser will serve as a panelist on Environmental Activism at Marshall Graduate College’s South Charleston Campus from 7:30 – 9:00pm in Room G137. This event is free to the public and is part of a series of panels for Marshall’s WV Activist Archive project.