WV Rivers News: Water Quality Standards, Video Fact Sheet, Climate & Water Webinar Series
URGENT! Tell WVDEP: Don’t Allow More Toxins in WV’s Water
Right now, in the midst of a public health crisis, the WVDEP is proposing to allow even more dangerous toxins in our water. WVDEP’s proposal is related to a critical portion of West Virginia’s water quality standards called human health criteria. Human health criteria determines how much of a dangerous toxin can be in our water before it harms our health.
Human Health Protections – How to Make a Difference
1. Submit comments online here by 5:00pm May 19.
2. Tune into WV Rivers Facebook Page for a live Q & A with the WV Rivers’ team on the proposal at 12:00pm on May 19.
3. On May 19, 6:00-8:00pm, WVDEP will host a virtual public hearing that anyone can join using an internet connected device or phone. Even if you do not plan to speak during the virtual hearing we encourage you to listen in – your presence shows the WVDEP that West Virginians care about water policy!
To attend the hearing virtually, go here. Enter Meeting ID: 429 602 549. To use a phone to call in to meeting, dial: 301 715 8592 and enter Meeting ID: 429 602 549.
4. Share this call to action with a friend.
WV Rivers to Host Climate and Water Webinar Series
West Virginians are seeing the effects of the changing climate and researchers across the state are studying what it means for West Virginia. Over the next few weeks, WV Rivers will be highlighting these scientists and their research through our virtual Climate and Water Lunch & Learn Series. During the live webinars, you’ll learn first-hand from the researchers on the front line of the climate crisis.
Register for the Webinars:
May 22, 11:00am. Dr. Nathaniel Hitt is a fish biologist with the USGS Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville WV. He will discuss his research on population and community ecology in Appalachia. Register here.
May 29, 11:00am. Dr. Omar Abdul-Aziz is an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University. He will discuss his work on climate impacts, increasing hurricanes and storms, and freshwater flooding in the coastal areas. Register here.
June 5, 11:00am. Dr. Nicolas Zégre is the Director of the Mountain Hydrology Laboratory at West Virginia University. He’ll be sharing his research on water security and climate change from a West Virginia perspective. Register here.
Go on a Virtual Tour of the Eastern Panhandle with Field Coordinator, Tanner Haid
Public Lands and Waters Can Get a Boost if Congress Acts
Right now, Congress has the opportunity to make sure LWCF is permanently and fully funded through the passage of The Great American Outdoors Act, a strong bipartisan bill introduced by our own Senator Manchin. Read this letter to the editor by WV Rivers’ board member, Dave Ruediger, on the importance of LWCF.