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Newsletter article WVEC October 5, 2020
A new book on the 2014 West Virginia drinking water crisis
“I’m Afraid of That Water: A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis” was published this spring by West Virginia University Press.  It’s a collection of oral histories collected in interviews following the 2014 Elk River chemical spill which became a nationally recognized disaster when it polluted the largest public drinking water system in West Virginia. More
Issues: MCHMPollutionWater
Newsletter article  October 5, 2020
DEP Stormwater General Permits – Back Door Back Sliding
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in West Virginia for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In doing so, the DEP writes Stormwater General Permits that provide standards for construction and operation activities across the state that could poison or pollute water resources. More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC October 5, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 15
We open this month's newsletter with a big welcome to Hannah King, our outreach coordinator and interim lobbyist! Please read Hannah's article on her background and interests and you'll soon see why we are excited to have her on our team. More
Issues: Climate changePipelinesPollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition September 22, 2020
Urgent Action for Water Quality Standards – Act by 9/23
In preparation for the 2021 WV Legislative Session, the Legislative Rule Making Committee will be meeting this Wednesday, 9/23, and water quality standards are on the agenda. The committee needs to hear from you today about the importance of clean water! More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC September 3, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 14
This month we are happy to welcome the Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition as our newest member group. The Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the quality of life for all residents of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia through community education on environmental and political issues; scientific policy research and advocacy; grassroots organizing and coalition building; leadership development; direct citizen action; and media outreach. More
Issues: Clean electionsPollutionWater
Newsletter article OVEC September 2, 2020
Petrochemical Industry Pulls New Recycling Stunt
The petrochemical industry has a new marketing stunt in the works. A process, dubbed chemical plastic recycling, is a new technological innovation in waste management, but it isn’t exactly what most people thought was happening when they put that plastic out on the corner or in that little blue bin. More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletter article WVEC September 2, 2020
Great American Outdoors Act with Land and Water Conservation Fund will benefit West Virginia
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), S. 3422, was signed into law by the president on August 4, 2020.  It contains components from two previously introduced bills, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Restore Our Parks Act.  On June 17, 2020 the GAOA overwhelmingly passed the Senate by a vote of 73-25.  More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article Friends of Blackwater September 2, 2020
Virtual Public Hearing on Keystone Mining Discharge Permit – September 16
The WV DEP Division of Mining and Reclamation will hold an online Public Hearing for the Keystone mining discharge permit from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 as result of the comments and petition signatures submitted by Friends of Blackwater and you!The WV DEP Division of Mining and Reclamation will hold an online Public Hearing for the Keystone mining discharge permit from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 as result of the comments and petition signatures submitted by Friends of Blackwater and you! More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletter article OVEC July 30, 2020
Drinking Water Dilemma: Barging Oil and Gas Waste on the Ohio River
Three barge docks are proposed to be built along the river to transport oil and gas waste from horizontal and vertical fracking operations. The projects, if approved, could result in the first barges carrying briny fracking wastes on the Ohio River. More
Issues: FrackingHealthPollutionWater
Newsletter article  July 30, 2020
Is the EPA turning a blind eye to WVDEP? 
Watershed protection organizations from three states plead with the EPA to make West Virginia follow the Clean Water Act. This article is a news release sent out on July 21, 2020, an effort led by the Jefferson County Foundation. It was picked up by Bloomberg News on July 22.  More
Issues: DEPPollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC July 30, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 13
A new threat recently emerged for communities along the Ohio River. Three barge docks are proposed to be built along the river to transport oil and gas waste from horizontal and vertical fracking operations. The projects, if approved, could result in the first barges carrying briny fracking wastes on the Ohio River. More
Issues: DEPHealthPollutionWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition July 10, 2020
Climate, Water, and Justice with Marshall University’s Dr. Logan
No one can escape the effects of climate change, but some communities are more vulnerable to the risks of the climate crisis. This is especially true for minority communities in West Virginia. More
Issues: Climate changeSocial justiceWater
Newsletters WVEC July 10, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 12
In the midst of all the turmoil in the world, it was great to have some good news recently with the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This victory was possible thanks to the activism of people like you and the dedication of many of our member groups. The environmental community in West Virginia is mighty and we applaud and thank all who worked so hard for this win for the environment. More
Issues: Clean electionsClimate changeEnergyOil and gasWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition June 1, 2020
Climate Lunch and Learn Series
West Virginians are seeing the effects of the changing climate and researchers across the state are studying what it means for West Virginia. WV Rivers is highlighting these scientists and their research through our virtual Climate and Water Lunch & Learn Series. During the live webinars, you’ll learn first-hand from the researchers on the front line of the climate crisis. More
Issues: Climate changeWater
Newsletter article Friends of the Cheat June 1, 2020
Cheat Fest From Home – The First Virtual Cheat River Festival was a Surprising Success!
The Cheat River Festival, Friends of the Cheat’s annual kick-off to summer, was started by paddlers and river stewards to raise money to restore the Cheat River’s waters polluted from a century of coal mining. It’s now a celebration of two and a half decades of successful clean up efforts, essentially a family reunion, and importantly, a fundraiser supporting continued stewardship.  More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC June 1, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 11
Welcome to the June issue of GREEN. As our latest newsletter goes live, our world is in turmoil from two diseases. One, COVID-19, is new and causing a global pandemic. The other has been with us far too long: Systemic racism, which has most-recently manifested itself in white vigilantes taking the life of a jogging black man, a woman in Central Park weaponizing her whiteness against a black bird-watcher, and police violence taking the lives of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the resulting protests and rage in the streets.  More
Issues: Clean electionsOil and gasPollutionRenewable energyWater
Blog WV Rivers Coalition May 16, 2020
WV Rivers to Host Climate and Water Webinar Series
West Virginians are seeing the effects of the changing climate and researchers across the state are studying what it means for West Virginia. Over the next few weeks, WV Rivers will be highlighting these scientists and their research through our virtual Climate and Water Lunch & Learn Series. During the live webinars, you’ll learn first-hand from the researchers on the front line of the climate crisis. More
Issues: Climate changePollutionWater
Action Alerts WV Rivers Coalition May 7, 2020
Enough is Enough! Tell WVDEP: Don’t Allow More Toxins in WV’s Water
Right now, in the midst of a public health crisis, the WVDEP is proposing to allow even more dangerous toxins in our water. Act Now! Tell WVDEP to respect your water and your health, don’t allow more toxins in West Virginia’s water! More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletters WVEC May 1, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 10
Welcome to the first post-session issue of GREEN! While so much has changed since we last reached out to you, I hope that you and yours are safe and healthy. In these times it is important, now more than ever, for us all to stay connected, and we hope this newsletter helps by playing a small role. More
Issues: Appalachian Storage HubClean electionsHealthWater
Newsletter article WV Rivers Coalition April 29, 2020
WVDEP Releases Revised Human Health Protections
Human health criteria determines how much of a toxin can be in our water before human health is put at risk. Strengthening criteria based on the best science available has long been a priority of WV Rivers and E-council. Did you know that West Virginia’s current human health criteria is based on data that is over 30 years old? More
Issues: HealthLegislationWater
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