A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change

This report, A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change, is intended for people who are concerned about climate change and want more information. It provides factual, objective information on the science of why climate change is occurring; identifies key impacts of climate change in West Virginia and across the globe; and outlines some potential solutions.

Reducing Impacts of Pipelines Crossing Rivers and Streams

WV Rivers, in partnership with Trout Unlimited, have published a new report detailing the impacts of pipeline construction on streams and rivers. The report, Reducing Impacts of Pipelines Crossing Rivers and Streams, explains the permit needed to cross rivers and streams; various methods used to cross streams; and recommends several ways pipeline construction can reduce impacts on rivers and streams during the routing and permitting phase.

Numeric Turbidity Water Quality Standards: A Tool to Protect Aquatic Life

WV Rivers and our water quality monitoring program partner, Trout Unlimited published a report detailing the effects pipeline construction has on turbidity in streams and the resulting impacts to aquatic life. The report investigates Virginia’s and West Virginia’s water quality standard for turbidity, and how regulatory agencies enforce the standard.

A Year of Large-Scale Pipeline Construction in Mountainous Regions of West Virginia and Virginia

2019 is a year of large-scale pipeline construction in West Virginia and Virginia. We’ve partnered with Trout Unlimited to provide reports to the public on the effects of current pipeline construction on streams and rivers – impacts that threaten critical habitat for aquatic species and clean water supplies.

View our first report as an ArcGIS Story Map here, or as a downloadable PDF here.

Source Water Protection Plan Implementation

The guide, Source Water Protection Plan Implementation, provides information to utilities and watershed groups about Source Water Protection Plans (SWPPs) and Watershed based Plans (WBPs) to encourage collaboration in areas where there is overlap between the two plans. The guide also provides approaches and recommendations for public involvement in the implementation of both types of plans. Case studies of watersheds with both SWPPs and WBPs are included to highlight similarities and opportunities for collaboration.

Citizens’ Guide to Fracking Permits in West Virginia

Are you confused by the complicated permitting process required for shale gas development and it’s related infrastructure? Between well pad construction, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the pipelines needed to transport the fracked gas, there are multiple permits companies must receive from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) before construction can begin.
That’s why we’ve created the Citizens’ Guide to Fracking Permits in West Virginia. It will help you understand and get involved in the permitting process.

Importance of Safe Drinking Water for Protecting Women’s and Children’s Health

Published in partnership with WV FREE and Downstream Strategies, The Importance of Safe Drinking Water for Protecting Women’s and Children’s Health details some of the dangerous toxins Category A protects us from and why removal of Category A is a bad idea. Read it here.

Citizens Guide to Getting Involved in SWPP

With Downstream Strategies we’ve developed a toolkit, Drinking Water Protection: A Citizen’s Guide to Getting Involved, to educate community stakeholders and prepare them to take on a leadership role in source water protection planning. Wherever you live, and wherever your water comes from, the guide will help visualize our drinking water supplies and the role of people and utilities in keeping it safe.

Guidance for Monitoring Effects of Gas Pipeline Development on Surface Water and Groundwater Supplies

This report provides information concerning risks, potential impacts, and other water supply issues related to pipeline development. It details methods for establishing baseline information on water quantity and quality, long-term monitoring to detect change, collection of data that will be needed to hold pipeline developers responsible for harm to water supplies, as well as laboratories and consultants that can conduct monitoring and perform analyses. Download it here.

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