WV Rivers News: Pipeline Update, Rivers Team Grows, Public Meetings on Drinking Water
Opportunities to Get Involved Protecting Your Drinking Water
Contact your drinking water provider and find out how you can submit comments! Check out our Drinking Water Protection Fact Sheet for suggested comments and download our toolkit, Drinking Water Protection: A Citizen’s Guide to Getting Involved, to learn more about source water protection planning.
Meet WV Rivers’ Public Lands Coordinator, Rhea Mitchell
Welcome to the team, Rhea! If you’d like to send Rhea a welcome note, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Alert: Comment on MVP Water Pollution by June 20
The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) was recently fined approximately $266,000 by the WVDEP for repeated water quality violations. The proposed agreement for the fine is now open for public comment.
Contact WVDEP today, tell them to hold MVP accountable for their water quality violations. Request the penalty be increased to account for the severity of impacts and MVP’s repeated negligence and disregard of environmental laws.
Watchdog Pipelines from Your Computer
Do you want to help watchdog pipeline construction but can’t visit a construction site? We’ve partnered with two innovative programs that use online interactive mapping systems to allow volunteers to identify water quality impacts from natural gas pipelines by viewing aerial photography.
Pipeline CSI, a program of the Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance, and Mountain Valley Watch, a collaboration between volunteers and nonprofits, help citizens monitor construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline using high-tech tools. Both programs are free and do not require specialized equipment. All you need is an internet connected computer or smart device.
WV Rivers’ Team Gathers to Protect Streams from Climate Change
With our growing team, WV Rivers is able to tackle more issues that threaten West Virginia’s water quality. Last month, our team gathered in Morgantown for a day-long strategy session with the National Wildlife Federation, on confronting climate change. WV Rivers is the West Virginia affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. Want to learn what exactly climate change means? Check out this video.
In West Virginia, our state fish, the brook trout, is already feeling the effects of a warming planet. As rain patterns change, air temperatures rise, and waters warm, brook trout are losing habitat. As a state and as a nation we need to act now on sensible solutions to keep our environment from rapidly warming.
Learn more about climate change on cold-water fish, like the brook trout, in the award willing film “Cold Waters”, and NWF’s climate change reports on freshwater fish and wildlife. View the EPA fact sheet on climate change in West Virginia.
Stay tuned to WV Rivers, we’ll be sharing meaningful actions you can take to confront climate altering pollution in WV.
June 14-15: Yak Fest in St. Albans. Yak Fest features live music, art, food, and craft beer along with many vendors highlighting kayaking, fishing, and other recreational activities