WV Rivers News: Free Labor Day Event, Polluted Stream List, Headwaters at Risk
Speak Up and Oppose the Clean Water Rule Repeal
Speak up for headwater streams! The Trump Administration has begun the process to remove critical protections for wetlands and headwater streams through the repeal of the Clean Water Rule, putting drinking water for more than half (54%) of all West Virginians at greater risk for pollution.
Created in 2015, the Clean Water Rule clarifies which water-bodies are protected under the Clean Water Act. Without the Clean Water Rule 8,390 miles of streams in West Virginia would be put at risk.
Send a letter to the EPA letting them know that you oppose any action to repeal the Clean Water Rule! Comments are due August 28, 2017.
FREE Paddle & Picnic on Labor Day
You’re invited to WV Rivers’ Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle! Bring your own boat and join a flotilla of kayaks, canoes, rafts or anything else that floats for a celebratory 3.5-mile paddle on the Elk River on Labor Day, September 4. The final destination is Coonskin Park in Charleston, where paddlers and community members will be treated to a FREE old-fashioned BBQ picnic, featuring live music with The Dread Pirate, Roberts! Pre-registration is required. Register here.
Paddler check-in begins at 12pm at the Columbia Pavilion at Coonskin Park; the picnic will follow immediately at approximately 3:30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org details.
Rather not paddle and just want to picnic? Save your seat at the FREE picnic, register here. Registration is required to join the picnic.
The Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH event series and benefits the West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper, a program of WV Rivers. For more information on the SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota, please visit www.splashseries.org.
List of Impaired Streams in WV, Your Comments Needed
WV Rivers’ Safe Water for WV Program Updates
Summer of Safe Water Action in Jefferson County
Get Your Copy of Headwaters and Help Rivers
We hope the stories told in Headwaters inspire you to make a financial contribution to WV Rivers. Right now, your donations are critically needed. There are attempts at both the federal and state level to rollback water protections and sell off public lands. Please donate today, without your support West Virginia’s rivers and streams won’t have a strong advocate in their corner.
Your Photos Can Make a Difference for the Elk River
The Elk River photo map will be on display during WV Rivers Coalition’s Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle.
Help Collect Water Quality Data in the Mon. National Forest
Join WV Rivers and Trout Unlimited for the WV-VA Water Quality Monitoring Program‘s 3rd Watershed Snapshot Day! This event brings together volunteers to monitor as many sites as possible within the northern Monongahela National Forest. The data collected will help establish baseline conditions and show changes in water quality over time. Last year volunteers collected data on 51 streams!
Volunteers will work in teams, each team will receive a map and detailed directions to monitoring sites and each participant will receive a bagged lunch for the field. Once volunteers return from monitoring they’ll be treated to a picnic. Check out the event flyer to learn more.
What: Watershed Snapshot Day
Where: Stuart Recreation Area – Elkins, WV
When: September 23, 2017 – 9:45am – 5:00pm
To Register: Email or call Jake Lemon, email@example.com, 814-779-3965. In your email, please include:
- Your full name
- Phone number
- Any dietary restrictions
- Please include any experience you have with water quality monitoring (no experience is required to participate in Snapshot Day).
during WV Rivers Coalition’s Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle
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