WV Rivers News: New Tees; Best of WV; Pipeline Update; WQS Update
WV Rivers Tees and Stickers: Order by Dec. 17 for Christmas Delivery
New WV Rivers t-shirts and stickers are in stock just in time for the holidays! Designed by West Virginia artist Liz Pavlovic, our new t-shirts and stickers feature a trio of benthic macroinvertebrates – AKA stream bugs. The little guys pictured – a caddisfly, a mayfly and a stonefly – need clean water to survive. Their presence in a stream can help scientists determine water quality.
WV Rivers Voted Best Environmental Organization in WV
Revision to Water Quality Standards Top Priority for 2022
In early December, one of WV Rivers top legislative priorities, the WVDEP’s proposed water quality standards rule, was considered by its first committee, the WV Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee. This special joint committee reviews agency rules before the start of the regular session.
Before diving into the nitty-gritty of the policy discussion, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the efforts of Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, Senator Glenn Jeffries, and Senator Richard Lindsay who all advocated for strong water protections.
Hannah King, a lobbyist for the WV Environmental Council and campaign support staff for WV Rivers, was in the room, with our executive director Angie Rosser, during the meeting. She shared the following update from the Capitol.
There will be more opportunities to amend the rule before it completes the legislative process. In the meantime, make sure you are signed-up for WV Rivers Water Policy News, our weekly digest on news and actions related to water quality during the legislative session.
Decisions on Mountain Valley Pipeline Announced
Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in Virginia.
Big decisions on the fate of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are beginning to be announced as 2021 winds down.
So far, Virginia has made two big permit decisions this month. First, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board denied the air quality permit for a proposed compressor station. Then, earlier this week the State Water Control Board announced that they have approved the pipeline’s 401 stream crossing permit. With this approval, Virginia is giving the MVP the greenlight to cross 150 streams and wetlands.
The MVP must also receive a 401 certification from the WVDEP to begin in stream construction in West Virginia. The agency has until the end of December to make a decision.
In addition to the state issued stream crossing certifications, the pipeline is also waiting on a federal 404 permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. We’ll let you know as the permit decisions are announced and will share our analysis. While we await further decisions make sure you check out our short videos on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
New Blog Post: Reflections on Grassroots Activism
New and Gift Memberships to WV Rivers will be Matched Through the End of the Year
If you have been thinking about making a first time donation to WV Rivers or giving a loved one the gift of WV Rivers, there is no better time than now! Thanks to a generous donor, up to $5,000 in donations from new donors and gift donation will be matched! That means your $25 donation will actually contribute $50 toward clean water in West Virginia!
But, we have to raise $5,000 in eligible donations to receive the match. So far, we’ve raised $2,433. That means we still need to raise $2,567 before the end of the year in new and gift donations.
T-shirt and sticker purchases are eligible for the match! Don’t wait, make a tax-deductible donation today!