WV Rivers News: Pipeline Update, Public Access, Partnerships for Water
WV Rivers Volunteers Protecting Water from Pipelines
This summer is gearing up to be a busy season with multiple pipelines under construction. WVDEP is trying to keep citizens up-to-date through a webpage where you can track major pipelines throughout the state. To help you navigate this new resource, we’ve developed a guide that explains how the webpage works. Download the guide here.
In preparation for the onslaught of construction, WV Rivers hosted several water quality monitoring trainings to equip volunteers with the tools and skills needed to detect impacts from pipelines. You can view photos of the workshops here. If you weren’t able to attend one of our trainings, but are interested in monitoring pipeline construction, check out our visual assessment program. You can serve as our eyes and ears to help protect WV’s streams from pipeline construction!
LWCF: Enhancing Recreation on Public Lands
Did you know that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided nearly $240 million dollars to West Virginia’s public lands since it was established by Congress in 1964? Places like the New River Gorge, Seneca Rocks, Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge, and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park have received LWCF support. The Land and Water Conservation Fund also includes grants for states to use for playgrounds, swimming pools, campgrounds, ballfields, and local parks. Unfortunately, this fund is at risk to expire on September 30th if Congress doesn’t act quickly to renew it. Send a letter now, let West Virginia’s congressional delegation know you want a strong LWCF!
All summer long WV Rivers is helping the West Virginians for Public Lands Alliance celebrate LWCF and educate Mountaineers about what the fund has done for our state. We’re compiling a list of LWCF projects by county and building a map to tell the story of LWCF in West Virginia. Find a favorite place near you and email us a picture.
Land and Water Action Plan Launched
Grant Smith, president of the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle, Don Owen of the Land Trust Alliance, and Liz Wheeler of the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board at a celebration for an easement on an historic farm.
WV Rivers and more than a dozen partner groups, agencies, and water utilities have been working together to pilot a new powerful approach for protecting West Virginia’s drinking water supplies. They have been exploring ways to use conservation easements to permanently protect lands in zones critical for drinking water supplies.
Now, we are launching a 5-year campaign to raise public awareness of these opportunities and to secure funding for conservation in these areas. Similar projects in other states usually involve a single land trust working in a particular watershed. Our approach is to harness the successes, resources, and talents of several land trusts to work together across each watershed that serves the drinking water utilities of Jefferson County. Read more about the plan here.