Entries by David Lillard

A Romance Blooms Exploring Public Lands

How Public Lands Shape My Memories By Kathleen Tyner It wasn’t until recently that I realized how important public lands were in shaping my life. I moved to West Virginia from western Pennsylvania in November 2009, when I was just 24 years old, to start my job with West Virginia Rivers Coalition. The very first […]

Green group sues Zinke for review documents

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News reporter An environmental group filed a lawsuit against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, accusing the Trump administration of withholding public records in its review of national monuments. The Center for Biological Diversity announced today it has filed a lawsuit against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asserting the Trump administration is “unlawfully withholding public […]

A Paddler Goes To Washington

A Capitol Hill perspective from a West Virginia paddler By Dave Bassage To an outsider looking in, these seem like especially uncertain times in Congress. But what does it look like from the inside? I got a peek a few weeks ago, and offer my insights here. First a bit about me. I left a […]

Despite Losses, We Won’t Be Silenced!

WV Water Policy – We Won’t Be Silenced As WV’s regular legislative session enters its final hours, the dust is beginning to settle and one thing is clear: polluters want to cover the truth and silence your concerns. A third bill that weakens water protections this session, SB 687 – the “coal bill”, is expected […]

New Water Monitoring Directory

Volunteer water quality monitors play an important role in the protection of rivers and streams. While the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program supports volunteers from across West Virginia and portions of Virginia, it focuses on streams that support trout populations and high quality warmwater fisheries that could face impacts from shale gas development. That’s why […]

2017 Legislative Session Comes to a Close – How’s Our Water?

2017 Legislative Session Closes – How’s Our Water? Our water became the most vulnerable it’s been in decades when the 2017 West Virginia legislative session came to a close Saturday night. Going into the 2017 session we were prepared for a challenge, but what we actually experienced was shocking. With each bill weakening water protections, we […]

April 2017

Possible Public-Lands Rollback Sparks Suspicion in WV – Public News Service, 4/28/2017 WV Rivers Coalition’s Angie Rosser named River Hero – WV Press Association, 4/27/2017 Marlinton Mayor’s Corner – Pocahontas Times, 4/26/2017 Marilyn Howells: Southwest WV is a sacrifice zone; comment deadline today – Charleston Gazette-Mail, 4/24/2017 Resistance to Pipelines Across the East – Appalachian Voices, 4/13/2017 West […]