WV Rivers News: Climate Activism, Watershed Symposium, ACE Act
Three Opportunities to Learn More about the Climate Crisis
Have You Made a Plan to Vote?
Do you have election fatigue? Tired of political calls, texts, and ads? Nervous about Election Day? The team at WV Rivers knows how you feel! Here are a few tips, and a fun video from the Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, that might help alleviate those pre-election jitters.
Be informed. Learn about the candidates and how their values align with your values. WV Public Broadcasting has resources to help you get to know who is running.
Know your rights. The West Virginia Secretary of State’s website has a handy FAQ on voting in WV. You’ll be able to find resources on West Virginia’s voter ID law, disability rights, and other important information on how voting works in the Mountain State.
Congress Passes America’s Conservation Enhancement Act
The ACE Act will also reauthorize the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Program, as well as authorize Chesapeake WILD (Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense) program.
Other key provisions in the package include the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which helps critters like the wood turtle pictured above, and the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act. Check out a recent blog by team member Tanner Haid on the ACE Act’s impact in WV here.
Permits Reissued for Mountain Valley Pipeline
- A revised Biological Opinion from the Fish and Wildlife Service on the impacts to the endangered Candy Darter.
- A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement from the Forest Service on activities in the Jefferson National Forest.
- The Nationwide Permit 12 from the Army Corps of Engineers. This permit allows the pipeline to cross thousands of streams and wetlands in its path.
In early October, WV Rivers joined partners in filing a petition with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on flaws in the reissuance of the Nationwide 12 and the court is in the process of reviewing the new permit to see if it meets requirements. Even though this permit and the Jefferson National Forest approval is under review, on Friday 10/9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted MVP permission to resume construction.
What You Can Do
If you have been personally affected by pipeline development, researchers at WVU are interested in hearing from you for a project titled, “Supporting community capacity-building against extractive interests through place-based visual and narrative inquiry.” People from WV, OH and PA who have pipelines on their property or in their communities are invited to take short survey that can be completed anonymously here.
Safe Water Conservation Collaborative – Landowner Legacy Video Series
The Safe Water Conservation Collaborative is a partnership hosted by WV Rivers with the mission of “Protecting Drinking Water through Land Conservation.”
Save the Date for the Virtual Watershed Symposium November 6-7
If you are a member of a watershed organization, or are interested in protecting your local watershed, then you won’t want to miss the Virtual Watershed Symposium, November 6-7, 2020.
This virtual networking and learning event will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to be an advocate for your community’s watershed! Learn more and register.