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WV Rivers Water Policy Updates: Week 6 of the 2016 Legislative Session

posted Feb 22, 2016, 9:56 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 10:00 AM ]
Water Policy Call to Action - Week 6

In WV Rivers' weekly Water Policy Update we highlight the most important action you can take for clean water that week. In-depth information about the actions can be found in the articles below.

This week's action: Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to support SB 625, which is critical to source water protection planning.

Keep Public Access to Information

Senate Bill 625 has been introduced to clarify that public water systems may identify potential contaminant sources to local drinking water supplies that are already subject to public disclosure. This is critical to public participation in effective source water protection planning and minimizing risks to our drinking water. Click here to act now and send your message to the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up SB 625.

See our SB 625 Fact Sheet for more information.

Water Rules Bill Passes the House

On Friday, the bundle of rules that included revisions to water quality standards, “fracking” regulations, and aboveground storage tank regulations passed the full House of Delegates. Now it goes through the same process in the Senate. Thank you for the 1,540 messages you sent to your delegates! We were successful in that no additional exemptions or rollbacks in water protections were added to the bill. Your voice helped push Delegate Skinner’s amendment to pass that restores protections for new tanks installed near drinking water intakes or on karst terrain. Delegate Manchin also made a compelling argument for an amendment to keep illegal tanks from receiving deliveries of chemicals, but it narrowly failed in committee. Same with Delegate Fleischauer who presented an amendment to better deal with fracking wastewater pits, but did not have quite enough votes in committee to see it pass. Please say thank you to these champions for clean water!

Incentives for Land Conservation

Senate Bill 554, the Land Conservation Tax Credit Act, would set up a framework for a new tax credit program to encourage property owners to set aside land in a way that protects our lands and waters for future generations. Check out this fact sheet to learn more. SB 554 must first be taken up by the Senate Finance Committee.

WV Environmental Council Awards Banquet

Join the WV Environmental Council for their annual awards banquet, an evening of food, fun and music!

When: Thursday, March 10, 6-10 pm
Where: Charleston Women's Club

The cost is $20.00 per person, $35.00 per couple, and $15 for students

Learn more here.