WV Rivers News: Comment on Sewage Permit, Trout Management Plan, Make Plans to VOTE
Make a Plan and VOTE in the 2020 General Election
- The deadline to register to vote is October 13, 2020. Register to vote.
- Early in-person voting will be held from October 21 – 31, 2020. Check your voter registration, change your registration and find your polling place.
- Requests for absentee ballots (vote by mail) must be received by October 28, 2020. Anyone can vote by mail-in absentee ballot due to COVID-19 concerns. Request an absentee ballot.
- Absentee ballots can be returned in person to the County Clerk’s office until November 2, 2020. Find your County Clerk’s office.
- Absentee ballots are due on November 4, 2020 (without proper postmark) and by November 9, 2020 if postmarked by election day.
Visit the Secretary of State’s Go Vote WV website to learn more about voting in West Virginia.
Comment on Small Sewage Disposal Systems Permit by 9/14
Approximately 40% of the stream segments listed as impaired are on that list because of fecal bacteria. This is your opportunity to urge WVDEP to strengthen this permit to protect our streams from sewage.
Climate Update: Congressional Committees Release Plans for Climate Policy and Free Climate Webinar on 10/22
The House plan, prioritizes a number of policies related to key climate related topics in West Virginia such as natural climate solutions, public lands and waters, and flood risk management. The full report can be found here.
Then, in August, the Senate Democrats’ Climate Committee followed suit and released a their own climate crisis report. Like the House report, it also calls for 100% global net zero emissions by 2050 and prioritizes natural climate solutions. Both reports focus on economic development and recommend a plan to help disadvantaged communities.
Want to take a deeper dive into understanding the climate crisis? Join a free webinar on October 22 co-sponsored by WV Rivers and the West Virginia Center on Climate Change titled, What Do We Tell The Kids and What Are They Telling Us? – Generational Perspectives and the Climate Crisis. WV Rivers’ own Dr. Sarah Cross will be facilitating discussion after the presentation. Learn more and register.
Stakeholders Meet to Discuss WV Trout Management Plan
WV Rivers is honored to represent our members on a stakeholder advisory committee for the state’s trout management plan, which is in development by the WV Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR). The plan will provide a framework to conserve and manage both wild and native trout. In an effort to make the process inclusive and transparent, WVDNR has incorporated the public’s input into the plan through the stakeholder advisory committee. Read more about the process.
On 9/8, staff scientist Autumn Crowe attended a stakeholder meeting where attendees began drafting the plan, covering topic like: ecological health and risks; habitat; diversifying and enhancing access; diversification of stocked trout fishing opportunities; enhancing native and wild trout fisheries; education; and funding, investment and capacity.
If you have any concerns you would like Autumn to bring to the next Committee meeting, please contact her at email@example.com.
Ohio River Summit September 30 – October 2
But first, stakeholders throughout the Ohio basin need to join together to chart a vision for the future of the river and the communities who depend on it.
The Ohio River Summit, September 30 – October 2, provides some opportunities to begin this important process. On Friday, Oct. 2 from 10:00am – noon, the NWF will be hosting a free virtual interactive discussion about the proposed ecosystem restoration plan. Learn more and register.