Each week during the Legislative Session, we will feature one of our member organizations. These groups from across the state support the WVEC by having a seat on our board and contributing financially so we can fund our lobby team each session. We could not do our important work without their support!
We kick off this series with a partner we will work especially closely with again this year, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition’s executive director, along with her staff, are leaders in guiding clean water public policy and are a constant voice for the environment at both the legislature and at stakeholder meetings year round. Believe us when we say we are always learning from Angie and her team as they use science to counter industry arguments. One of our top three legislative priorities this year, chosen by you, our members, is water quality. One fight we expect early in the session is to strengthen the water quality standards rule which industry groups have tried to weaken for years. Stay tuned as we will need your voice!
The West Virginia Rivers Coalition’s mission is to conserve and restore West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams, with the belief that clean water is the foundation of life, and that all people should respect and be able to enjoy clean West Virginia rivers and streams.The West Virginia Rivers Coalition was founded by paddlers and whitewater enthusiasts who care deeply about restoring and caring for the Mountain State’s renowned free-flowing waters and scenic beauty. Today, WV Rivers is the statewide voice for water-based recreation and clean, drinkable, swimmable, and fishable rivers and streams–from the headwaters to wherever water flows in West Virginia. They are also the West Virginia state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.
We encourage you to support the West Virginia Rivers Coalition by making a donation, signing up for their action alerts and emails, and reading more about this wonderful organization. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.