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 2017 Watershed Celebration Registration

19th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
Camp Dawson*
on Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th 2017

Watershed Celebration Day

Deadline to register is July 14

We want to thank our 2017 sponsors (Click Here or See Below)


Online Registration:
Registration is now closed

WCD Saturday Agenda Printout: 2017 Saturday Agenda

*LODGING RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY AUGUST 4TH


CAMP DAWSON

Phone: (304) 791-7002       Reserved Under: WV DEP Watershed      Reservation # 94075
  • To view rooms and the event center visit: www.campdawsoneventcenter.org
  • Room Rates for Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th is $78 Per Night / Includes Tax
  • Check in: 3:00 p.m. / Check out: 11:00 a.m.
For additional information on the Camp Dawson Event Center, visit: https://campdawsoneventcenter.org/events/

Driving Directions Can Be Found at:
https://campdawsoneventcenter.org/maps-directions/

Local Dining

See the following Google Maps link or PDF for a list of restaurants close to Camp Dawson (including a brief description and hours of operation in PDF).
  • Google Maps
  • Area Restaurants.PDF

  • Friday, August 18th - Field Trips with Friends of the Cheat

    2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    River of Promise Reclamation Tour

      

    Tour reclamation sites in two watersheds where FOC is actively engaged in watershed based planning and different approaches to acid mine drainage (AMD) water treatment are being used. Visit FOC’s newest treatment system in the Sovern Run watershed, where passive AMD treatment systems have resulted in partially restored water quality. Then travel deeper into the Cheat’s AMD challenges with stops in the Muddy Creek watershed where WVDEP is constructing a multimillion dollar active treatment facility and employing in-stream dosing as a watershed scale treatment strategy. The tour will end at the mouth of Muddy Creek where FOC staff will share data and their experiences using Bluetooth enabled continuous in-stream data loggers and visualization software.

    There has been a change in meeting location
    The ROP tour will meet at the intersection of Woolen Mill Road and Route 26, approximately 39.549856, -79.632357 (Click for map) This is a wide pull off just past big S curves in Route 26. The Buckwheat Express bus and FOC vehicles will be there, so it should be hard to miss.


    OR

    Meet the Cheat Paddle & Play

      

    There is no better way to get to know a river than by paddling it! Join FOC staff and professional guides on a paddling excursion on the Cheat River. Weather and water-level dependent, the trip will be either a duckie trip on the Cheat Narrows (Class II-III - trust us, you can do it!) or a flatwater trip (Class I) on the Upper Cheat River Water Trail. Learn paddling basics and all about FOC recreation projects. FOC will also educate the group on their new bacteriological monitoring program and affiliation with the international program, Swim Guide. Trips are led by FOC staff and professional guides at no charge, however, donations to FOC are appreciated. Space is limited and RSVP required. Have your own gear? That’s great! But, FOC still needs to know you are coming.



    There has been a change in meeting location
    The Meet the Cheat paddle will meet directly at Cheat River Outfitters' outpost at 2764 N Preston Hwy, Albright, WV 26519. (Click for map) This is literally across Route 26 from our original meetup spot. RSVP to bwarnick@cheat.org for more information on what to bring and important trip updates.



    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Free Time/Check In



    6:00 p.m.

    Friday Evening - Free Camping at the FOC’s Festival Site

      

    Friends of the Cheat (FOC) offers a free camping option for fellow watershed warriors traveling to Watershed Celebration Day. Camp next to the Cheat River at the gateway to Cheat Canyon, FOC’s festival site and outdoor classroom. The site has electricity and brand new vault toilets but no running water; nearby Teter’s Campground offers FOC guests hot showers and flush toilets. The site is seconds away from the Canyon section of the Allegheny Trail and a 10 minute drive to WCD activities at Camp Dawson. Bring your friendly dog (kids OK too), hiking shoes, and a fishing pole to explore all that the Cheat has to offer.

    Address: 139 Beech Run Road, Albright, WV 26519
    Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/6YprXxtmrRo
    Directions: http://cheatfest.org/accomodations/directions/




    EVENT - Saturday, August 19th

    AGENDA

    8:30 a.m. Registration & Display Set Up
    (Snacks Provided)
      
    9:00 a.m. Welcome with Friends of the Cheat
    Amanda Pitzer and Adam Webster
      
    9:30 a.m. Legislative Update - WV Rivers Coalition
    Autumn Crowe - Program Director
      
    10:00 a.m. WVU Water Research
    Dr. Martina Caretta* - Assistant Professor at WVU
      
      WV DEP Environmental Advocate Office
    Ed Maguire** - Environmental Advocate
      
    10:30 a.m. Birds of a Feather
    Tomi Bergstrom - Basin and Project WET Coordinator
    (6 topics, 3 rotations, 25 minutes each, snacks provided) - click for deatails
      
    12:00 p.m. Lunch at Liberty Restaurant & Lounge
      
    1:00 p.m. Awards Presentation
      
    3:00 p.m. Safe Journey Home!


    * Dr. Martina Angela Caretta, Assistant Professor of Geography at WVU, will be presenting her ongoing research on the human dimensions of water in WV. She will also be discussing how watersheds organizations and WVU can partner together in participatory action driven research on water issues from a social perspective.

    **The Office of Environmental Advocate has been described as a communication and support portal between the Department of Environmental Protection and the citizens of West Virginia. Its director, Ed Maguire, will provide a brief introduction about this unique branch of DEP and explain how it might be of assistance to the work of watershed organizations throughout the state.




    THANK YOU

    2017 Watershed Celebration Day Sponsors

    • Dominion
    • Friends of the Cheat
    • Walbridge Family Foundation
    • Capital Conservation District
    • Eastern Panhandle Conservation District
    • Elk Conservation District
    • Greenbrier Valley Conservation District
    • Guyan Conservation District
    • Little Kanawha Conservation District
    • Monongahela Conservation District
    • Northern Panhandle Conservation District
    • Potomac Valley Conservation District
    • Southern Conservation District
    • Tygarts Valley Conservation District
    • Western Conservation District
    • National Park Service-Rivers & Trails Program
    • US Environmental Protection Agency
    • US Office of Surface Mining
    • WV Conservation Agency
    • WV Department of Environmental Protection
    • WV Division of Highways
    • WV Rivers Coalition
    • WVCA Watershed Resource Center



     

    More News:

    2015 Watershed Celebration Day Award Recipients

     Friends of the Lower Greenbrier Named 2015 Watershed of the Year; 

    20 Additional Groups Recognized for Their Achievements

    ANSTEAD, W.Va. __ Watershed volunteers gathered at Hawks Nest State Park on Saturday, June 6 to be recognized for their work to improve West Virginia’s streams and rivers. During the 17th annual Watershed Celebration Day, volunteers had an opportunity to visit Morris Creek Watershed where they learned how the local watershed group is restoring Morris Creek and engaging in other innovative projects, including:
    • treating acid mine drainage,
    • stabilizing stream banks,
    • creating energy using a hydro-generator,
    • making Google maps,
    • planting trees, and
    • partnering with universities for educational programs.

    Volunteers also learned the fundamentals of fundraising strategies and received a legislative update from the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. They also were treated to a jet boat ride on the New River.

    The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Watershed Network (WVWN) and the highlight of the day was the awards presentation consisting of a compilation of short videos documenting the accomplishments, lessons learned, and featuring the beauty of each of the watersheds.

    The West Virginia Watershed Network is a group of state, federal and non-profit resource providers who work closely with these volunteer organizations. This year the network honored 21 watershed groups for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection.

    “The West Virginia Watershed Network has been working with watershed volunteers since 1996. The members of the network provide resources to the volunteers and also share in the ride of their success. Watershed associations have had a huge positive impact on West Virginia communities and the restoration and protection of our environment” said Jennifer Pauer, watershed basin coordinator with the West Virginia Stream Partners Program. “Everyone who enjoys the waters of our state should thank a watershed volunteer.”

    This year, the network’s highest honor went to one of West Virginia’s most longstanding and well known watershed associations. This group has worked for years to bring education and recreation opportunities to its community and continues to carry the torch for clean water as new challenges arise. The Friends of the Lower Greenbrier was awarded the 2015 Watershed of the Year Award. The WVWN also recognized the following watershed associations for their work in 2015:


    • Blue Heron Environmental Network “LED – Listen, Educate & Demonstrate”– Hedgesville, Berkeley County
    * Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition “Citizens Science” - Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
    • Coal River Group “Can Do Spirit”– St. Albans, Kanawha County
    • Coal River Mountain Watch “Uncovering the Beauty” – Whitesville, Boone County
    • Davis Creek Watershed Association “Positive, Purposeful Partnerships” – Charleston, Kanawha County
    • Doddridge County Watershed Association “Speak for the Creek”–West Union, Doddridge County
    * Elks Run Watershed Group “One By One” – Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
    • Fourpole Creek Watershed Association “Partnering for Solutions”– Huntington, Cabell County
    • Friends of Blackwater “Honoring History & Heritage” – Thomas, Tucker County
    • Friends of Deckers Creek “Raising Money, Raising Kane”– Morgantown, Monongalia County
    • Friends of Milam Creek “Live, Learn, Grow & Prosper” - McGraws, Wyoming County
    • Friends of Mill Creek “Youth Stewards”  – Ripley, Jackson County
    * Friends of the Cheat “Twenty Years of Promise” - Kingwood, Preston County
    • Friends of the Hughes River UnMuddying the Waters” – Harrisville, Ritchie County
    * Greenbrier River Watershed Association “Organize and Educate” - Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
    • Morris Creek Watershed Association “Put Feet to Our Projects” – Montgomery, Fayette County
    • Opequon Creek Project Team “Trees, Trails & Treasures” – Martinsburg, Berkeley County
    • Piney Creek Watershed Association “Creating Community Connections” – Beckley, Raleigh County
    • Sleepy Creek Watershed Association “Leading through Communication” – Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
    • Warm Springs Watershed Association “Membership Magnificence” - Berkeley Springs, Morgan County

    Sponsors for this year’s event include: Dominion Foundation, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and Trails Program, U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

    The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

    2014 Watershed Celebration Day Award Winners
    2014 WATERSHED CELEBRATION DAY AWARD WINNERS

    Charleston- Watershed volunteers came to the Capitol on Monday, September 8th to talk with their Legislators and to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to keeping WV streams and rivers clean. During the 16th annual Watershed Celebration Day it was as important as ever for the legislators to understand the tireless efforts of watershed volunteers across the state. The event was sponsored by the WV Watershed Network and included among other activities a panel discussion about the new Source Water Protection Law. The panel discussion was followed by an awards luncheon with the senators and delegates and an afternoon session during the Legislative Water Resources Commission meeting. During the commission meeting, volunteers talked about water quality improvement projects they are working on in their communities to address acid mine drainage, sediment, fecal coliform and other sources of water pollution affecting streams throughout the State.

    The WV Watershed Network is a group of state, federal and non-profit resource providers who work closely with these volunteer organizations. This year they honored 12 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection.

    “We have been doing this for 16 years and every year we continue to have volunteers with a passion for our beautiful state and strong understanding of the important role clean water plays in our economy and our health. We like to take one day out of the year to express our appreciation for a job well done.” said Jennifer Pauer, Watershed Basin Coordinator with the WV Stream Partners Program. “We could not do the scale of work that is accomplished all across the state without the support of these volunteer organizations. . Clearly, Watershed volunteers are what make WV’s stream protection and restoration efforts a success.”

    This year the Network’s highest honor went to one of WV’s longstanding and well known watershed associations. This group focuses on building partnerships through education and has been able to shine a light on new technologies to treat acid mine drainage. The Morris Creek Watershed was named the 2014 Watershed Association of the Year. The WVWN also recognized these Watershed Associations for their work in 2014:
    • Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition- Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
    • Buckhannon River Watershed Association- Buckhannon, Upshur County
    • Coal River Group - St. Albans, Kanawha County
    • Davis Creek Watershed Association – Charleston, Kanawha County
    • Fourpole Creek Watershed Association – Huntington, Cabell County
    • Friends of Deckers Creek- Morgantown, Monongalia County
    • Friends of the Hughes River - Harrisville Ritchie County
    • Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River- Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
    • Piney Creek Watershed Association – Beckley, Raleigh County
    • Sleepy Creek Watershed Association – Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
    • Warm Springs Watershed Association - Berkeley Springs, Morgan County

    The individual recognized for her efforts to support the watershed movement outside of her watershed as a “Guiding Light” was Bethany Boback nominated by the Friend s of Deckers Creek in Morgantown, WV

    .


    Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and trails Program, US Office of Surface Mining, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

    The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources

    .


    For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.
    2013 Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced
    WV Watershed Network 2013 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

    On November 2nd the West Virginia Watershed Network hosted the 15th annual Watershed Celebration day at Cacapon State Park.  Nine watershed associations and one individual were recognized for their work for the following special projects:

    Cultural Connection Award

    The Friends of Deckers Creek is well established and extraordinary group that continues to excel in their efforts to promote improvements in their watershed through their watershed connections.  They educate the public on a number of environmental matters, conduct extensive water monitoring, and are reaching out to other cultures in the area.

     

    At their outdoor learning park, the group erected a welcome sign in both English and Spanish to honor the contributions of a local Mexican Restaurant as well as encourage more Hispanic families to use the facility.  This project and all of their other work has earned the friends of Deckers Creek the Cultural Connections award.

     

    Margaret Meade Award

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world.  Warm Springs Run Watershed Association like no other epitomizes this through their partnerships, activities and accomplishments with citizens, civic groups, local, regional, state and federal governments.  Using all these partners and many more the group promotes and works towards their goals; help people understand, protect, improve and enjoy their Run. 

     

    THINK OUTSIDE, NO BOX REQUIRED

    Their mottos: “Think outside, no box required!” and “Recreate while you educate”.

    This group has excelled in many areas over the past year.  They have hosted educational outreach events worked on renewable energy and reforestation projects.  They have planted community gardens, hosted water quality monitoring events are just into projects galore. 

    For making their mottos a reality, Morris Creek Watershed Association was awarded the “Think outside, no box required” award.

    The Perfect TEN Award – trees, entomology, and neighbors

    The Sleepy Creek Watershed was recognized for being a Perfect Ten.  Their efforts to promote and educate are extensive.  They provide and plant trees to increase riparian buffers; monitor at 7 sites with 8 monitors where they spend a total of 102 hours on site collection and insect identification.  They participate in educational efforts on everything from pond management to promoting less expensive ways to feed families through hunting and fishing.  They know it is essential to educate county officials on the expectations of the Chesapeake Bay WIP and the importance of the watershed association to the community.  They also had a record number of volunteers for their 11th annual WV Make It Shine Clean Up.  All of this and more is why Sleepy Creek received  the Perfect TEN award.

    The Friends of Fish Award

    Save The Tygart has worked over the years with partnering agencies to alleviate the effects of acid mine drainage on Three Forks Creek and Sandy Creek.  Their extensive volunteer monitoring and AMD intervention are leading them toward cleaner streams.  The monitoring program trains people from other watersheds as well as their own members.  They keep residents informed and are getting children and adults “hooked on fishing”. 

    Pooper Snooper

     Piney Creek Watershed Association hosted a workshop entitled Microbial Source Tracking: From Dogs to DNA, Methods to Locate the Source of Bacteria Polluting Your Watershed.  They brought in Environmental Canine Services to demonstrate the use of dogs as a rapid screening method to detect human sewage in storm sewers and other water resources.  The information was presented to a diverse audience.  The effort led to several media discussions from public radio to local TV stations and has increased interest in bacteria tracking with others in the state.

     

    Energizer Bunny

    The Buckhannon River Watershed Association has been in existence since 2001 and continues to bounce along, educating the community and cleaning up their watershed.  Newsletters, their new web page, brochure, and attendance at various festivals and fairs help to get the word out on sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and disposal of unused medicines.  Work with the local high school and college continues, educating students on water sampling and analysis.  The group’s consistent and persistent work to clean up and educate the watershed makes the

    “Energizer Bunny” award ideal for Buckhannon River WSA.

    W.R.E.C.K Award

    Although the title of this award is wreck, it is no accident what the Coal River Group has done to deserve this unique award.  W= Water, R= Recreation, E=Education C=Community and K=Kayak.  Not only do the letters signify the activities conducted by the Coal River Group, but the location of the letters is also important.  Notice that the E and C are in the center of the word, and represent that Education and Community are in the center of this group’s philosophy and action. Their emphasis on education and community is strongly supported by their activities on the river.  This year, CRG has sponsored river festivals, education contests, workshops and field trips for schoolchildren and has also incorporated college students into the program, providing internships for students.  CRG covers nearly 1,000 square miles, thus utilizes local “branches” to carry out the activities in the watershed.  This approach has been very successful in fostering community involvement as evidenced by their successful cleanup projects, community events and river trips.  The success of their education and community projects are partially due to their ability to utilize their resources in a fun and exciting way, encouraging the recreational use of the river through the river trail, walking paths and boardwalks.  One of their key accomplishments of the year was the purchase of a kayak and canoe rental business, allowing this group to get more people out on the river, and fund the sustainability of the nonprofit group.  We think you will agree that the WRECK award is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for the Coal River Group.

     

    Guiding Light

    This year’s Guiding Light Award is presented to Jen Osha-Buysse, Friends of Deckers Creek.  Jen works with FODC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in conjunction with the Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA). MLA is located in the West Run watershed, a small, neighboring watershed that is troubled by stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage, and agricultural runoff. She has encouraged the Youth Advisory Board to host workshops that educate the MLA students about water quality and how to measure parameters such as pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. The MLA students now have started sampling a tributary of West Run that flows near their school. The Youth Advisory Board has hosted workshops to educate MLA students about other environmental issues that are prevalent in our local community. She also has coordinated a city-wide recycling program in local schools, many of which are outside the Deckers Creek watershed. FODC’s Youth Advisory Board has purchased recycling bins that have been installed in 11 local schools. Along with supplying the bins, they have taught students which items are recyclable and the positive impact recycling can have on our environment.

     

    Watershed Association of the Year

    The 2013 Watershed Association of the Year was awarded to Opequon Creek Project Team.  This is a group that is out and about and very busy.  They sponsor Make It Shine stream clean ups that provide improved recreational experience for the local residents who use the creek to canoe, kayak, wade, and fish.

     

    Fun Floats are a part of their community education program to introduce residents to the beauty of the Creek and part of the effort to increase membership. Education Hollis Oak brings extra money and the knowledge of the importance of buffers to stakeholders throughout the watershed during the “Hollis Oak” tree sale.  They also have found value in presentations. At every buffer planting the president, briefs the participants on the value of the creek, the watershed, and organization’s mission. Members also have used the Project WET program to educate the young people attending events.

     

    Volunteers participate in workshops and conferences by sharing their recent watershed experiences with the attendees and discussing storm water capture using a rain barrel display. They are always spreading the word about their work and their mission.  Guest speakers with local programs and opportunities are an important part of monthly meetings. 

     

    This group talks about it and posts it.  They have installed a number of signs throughout the watershed. Partnerships have led to an interpretive sign installed on the Route 9 bike path just before it crosses the creek. The signs also discuss ways residents can help keep and restore the water quality in the watershed. "Public Access Don't Litter" signs were attached to the DNR signs at the three creek’s public access areas.

     

    Planting trees has always been important to these volunteers and they have been responsible for planting over 3,000 new trees and shrubs. In addition to over 20 buffers installed in their watershed in the last 5 years, volunteers have pitched in to help with surrounding watershed buffer installation.

     

    In addition to their own mission they are a part of two substantial long term projects of CVI/WVDEP in neighboring watersheds that include septic tank upgrades, tree plantings and planning for a dam removal to improve access for boaters and fisherman.   They also participated in WVDEP 2012 summer long environmental assessment of Back Creek. 

     

    For this long list of accomplishments and the dedication of the volunteers the WV Watershed Network recognizes the Opequon Creek Project Team as the 2013 Watershed of the Year.



    *See attachment for pictures! Attachments: 4224_WCD Winners Article.docx
    2013 Energizer Bunny Award Presented to the Buckhannon River Watershed Association
     

    Energizer Bunny

    This group has been in existence since 2001 and continues to bounce along, educating the community and cleaning up their watershed.  Newsletters, their new web page, brochure, and attendance at various festivals and fairs help to get the word out on sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and disposal of unused medicines.  Work with the local high school and college continues, educating students on water sampling and analysis.  The group’s consistent and persistent work to clean up and educate the watershed makes the

    “Energizer Bunny” award ideal for the Buckhannon River Watershed Association.

     

    Congratulations BRWA! Thanks for coming to WCD and all the work you do all year long to improve our streams and rivers.

    The West Virginia Watershed Network

    2013 W.R.E.C.K. Award Presented to the Coal River Group
     

    W.R.E.C.K Award

    Although the title of this award is wreck, it is no accident what this group has done to deserve this unique award.  W= Water, R= Recreation, E=Education C=Community and K=Kayak.  Not only do the letters signify the activities conducted by the Group, but the location of the letters is also important.  Notice that the E and C are in the center of the word, and represent that Education and Community are in the center of this group’s philosophy and action. Their emphasis on education and community is strongly supported by their activities on the river.  This year, the group has sponsored river festivals, education contests, workshops and field trips for schoolchildren and has also incorporated college students into the program, providing internships for students.  This group covers nearly 1,000 square miles, thus utilizes local “branches” to carry out the activities in the watershed.  This approach has been very successful in fostering community involvement as evidenced by their successful cleanup projects, community events and river trips.  The success of their education and community projects are partially due to their ability to  utilize their resources in a fun and exciting way, encouraging the recreational use of the river through the river trail, walking paths and boardwalks.  One of their key accomplishments of the year was the purchase of a kayak and canoe rental business, allowing this group to get more people out on the river, and fund the sustainability of the nonprofit group.  I think you will agree that the WRECK award is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for the Coal River Group.

     

    Congratulations CRG! Thanks for coming to WCD and all the work you do all year long to improve our streams and rivers.

    The West Virginia Watershed Network

    How to Develop a Water Trail Power Point Presentation
    How to Develop a Water Trail
    Bill Robinson, State Trail Coordinator
    WV Department of Transportation
    Attachments: 3636_WVDOH_water_trail_designation.pptx
    Coal River Group's Water Trail Experience PowerPoint Presentation
    14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
    Coal River Group's Water Trail Experience
    Bill Currey, Chairman, Coal River Group Attachments: 3601.3601_Basic CRG Presentation 9-8-12.ppt
    How to Develop a Water Trail PowerPoint Presentation
    14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
    How to Develop a Water Trail
    Peggy Pings, NPS - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
    Attachments: 3600_WCD-WaterTrails_PPings_9-3-2012.ppt
    14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program
    14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program.
    *Please see attachment. Attachments: 3599_2012 WCD Program.pdf
    14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced

    Tornado- For the fourteenth year, watershed groups from all across West Virginia were recognized by the West Virginia Watershed Network for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds. 

    Over 100 volunteers and resource providers attended Watershed Celebration Day on September 7 and 8, 2012. The event was hosted by the Coal River Group at their Science and Education Center in Tornado WV.  The theme and program were developed around information on river trails.  On Friday volunteers had the opportunity to paddle the Coal River and experience the Coal River Walhonde Water Trail first hand with a guided trip by Bill Simmons the owner of Coal River Kayak and Canoe Rental.  Others hiked through the Barnett Conservation Preserve and fished from the banks of the river at Meadowood Park.  Friday night volunteers were treated to dinner and a Contra dance workshop provided by the Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music.  On Saturday, the West Virginia Watershed Network organized speakers to describe the process of how to create a river trail and recognized 16 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection. 

    “After all of these years watershed volunteers are still excited to come out to talk with one another and learn about new programs and projects that they can take home to their watersheds.” said Jennifer Pauer, Watershed Basin Coordinator for the WV Department of Environmental Protection.  “It is also nice that volunteers get to be recognized in front of their peers for the work they have done all year.  These folks volunteer because they care about our natural resources and are willing to give their time for that cause.  West Virginia is lucky to have them.”   

     

    This year the highest honor went to Warm Springs Run Watershed Association from Berkeley Springs WV.  The volunteers were recognized for their ability to create partnerships, to spread the word on how good streams go bad, and their foresight to take a proactive approach by developing a comprehensive watershed restoration plan.    The Warm Springs Run Watershed Association was named the 2012 Watershed Association of the Year. 

    Other Watershed Associations were recognized for their work in the following categories:

    Partners

    ·         North Fork Watershed Association, Davis

    ·         Plateau Action Network, Fayetteville

    Project Implementation

    ·         Coal River Group, St. Albans

    ·         Opequon Creek Project Team, Martinsburg

    ·         Sleepy Creek Watershed Association,  Berkeley Springs

    Outreach and Education

    ·         Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Buckhannon

    ·         Friends of Deckers Creek, Morgantown

    ·         Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River, Alderson

    ·         Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg

    ·         Morris Creek Watershed Association, Montgomery

    ·         Piney Creek Watershed Association, Beckley

    Monitoring

    ·         Davis Creek Watershed Association, Charleston

    ·         Friends of the Cheat, Kingwood

                Guiding Light

    ·         Sarah Veselka, Friends of Deckers Creek

    • New Watershed Association of the Year
      Blue Ridge Watershed Association

    Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Appalachian Coal Country Team,  Coal River Group, Evans Insurance Agency Inc., Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk  Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and trails Program, US Office of Surface Mining,  West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

    The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.

    13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program
    Attachments: 3018_2011 WCD Program.pdf
    13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced
    Attachments: 3017.General PR WCD 2011.pdf
    Warm Springs Watershed Association - Partnerships
    Attachments: 3016.Warm SpringsWatershed Association - Partners.pdf
    Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association - Partnerships
    Attachments: 3015.Upper Guyandotte WSA - Partners.pdf
    Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association
    Attachments: 3014_Upper Guyandotte WSA - Partners.docx
    Sleepy Creek Watershed Association - Project Implementation
    Attachments: 3013.Sleepy Creek WSA - Project Implementation.pdf
    Piney Creek Watershed Association - Monitoring
    Attachments: 3012.Piney Creek - Monitoring.pdf
    Opequon Creek Watershed Association - Partnerships
    Attachments: 3011.Opequon Creek Project Team - Partners.pdf
    Morris Creek Watershed Association - Outreach & Education
    Attachments: 3010.Morris Creek- Outreach.pdf
    Mike King, Morris Creek WSA - Guiding Light
    Attachments: 3009.Mike King - Guiding Light.pdf
    Meadow River Watershed Association - Partnerships
    Attachments: 3008.Meadow River WSA- Partners.pdf
    McDowell County Wastewater Coalition - Project Implementation
    Attachments: 3007.McDowell County Wastewater Coalition - Project.pdf
    Indian Creek Watershed Association - Outreach & Education
    Attachments: 3006.Indian Creek WSA - Outreach and Education.pdf
    Friends of the Lower Greenbrier - Outreach & Education
    Attachments: 3005.Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River - Outreach and Education.pdf
    Friends of Deckers Creek - Watershed of the Year
    Attachments: 3004.Friends of Deckers Creek - WSA of the Year.pdf
    Elks Run Study Committe - Project Implementation
    Attachments: 3003.Elks Run Study Committee - Project Implementation.pdf
    Coal River Group - Watershed of the Year
    Attachments: 3002.Coal River Group - WSA of the Year.pdf
    Buckhannon River WSA - Outreach & Education Award
    Attachments: 3001.Buckhannon River WSA - Outreach and Education.pdf


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