WV Rivers News: MVP Update, Celebrating Watershed Organizations, What’s Next for LWCF
Honoring West Virginia’s Watershed Organizations
Earlier this month, watershed organization leaders and volunteers gathered online for the West Virginia Watershed Network’s Virtual Watershed Symposium. The Symposium provided organizations an opportunity to network, learn, and celebrate their successes. The two-day event kicked off with an awards ceremony recognizing watershed organizations and volunteers who have gone above and beyond for watershed conservation.
You can learn more about the award winners and watch Symposium presentations here.
What’s Next for the Land & Water Conservation Fund?
After achieving full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), through the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, state and federal agencies are now preparing for additional financial resources to support conservation and recreation. To help ensure these funds have the greatest impact, we’re working with partners in the West Virginians for Public Lands alliance to review the guidance document for how these funds will be used. Known as the SCORP, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan goes into effect in April 2021. Through December 9, you can provide feedback in on the draft SCORP. Learn more here.
Mountain Valley Pipeline Hits Another Legal Roadblock
The Candy Darter is one of the species at risk from MVP construction.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline hit another legal roadblock. Last month, WV Rivers and our allies filed a petition for review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals of the Army Corps of Engineers’ reissuance of a permit that would allow the MVP to cross streams and wetlands. On November 9, the Court ruled in our favor and issued a stay on construction, meaning that no stream or wetland construction can occur until the court completes a full review of the reissued permit. Read more here, here and here.
Eastern Panhandle Residents: Find Your Watershed
We’ve partnered with the City of Martinsburg Stormwater Team to assist them in creating a new digital tool to connect Eastern Panhandle residents with an opportunity to protect their land and water.
The “Find Your Watershed” tool, which covers all of Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan Counties, helps community members to directly introduce themselves to their local watershed group.