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Buckhannon: Free Event Celebrating Local Water Protection Efforts on August 24th

 Buckhannon: Free Event Celebrating Local Water Protection Efforts on August 24

 You’re invited! Join West Virginia Rivers Coalition and our community and agency partners at our Safe Water Celebration, a free community event on August 24, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Buckhannon Riverwalk.

 The event is designed as a fun and engaging way for citizens to learn about source water protection and local efforts to protect public drinking water supplies in Buckhannon River Watershed. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about current and future projects impacting your drinking water supplies from partners working to improve local water quality.

The event also features live music by Seth Maynard and a presentation by Doug Wood, local naturalist and historian. Tygart River Outfitters will be providing raft and kayak rides on the Buckhannon River. Locally grown and prepared food will be provided by Fish Hawk Acres and Green Acres Farm. The event will have hands-on kid’s activities, door prizes, and an interfaith water blessing (participants may bring water from their home for the blessing).

 Bring the whole family to spend an evening celebrating water along the banks of the Buckhannon River. Rain location is the Green Room, basement of the gymnasium on the WVWC campus.

 What: Safe Water Celebration

When: Thursday, August 24, 5:30 – 8:00p.m

Where: Buckhannon Riverwalk, Buckhannon, WV



Learn more about WV Rivers Safe Water for West Virginia program and how you can get involved here: http://wvrivers.org/2017/08/buckhannon-free-event-celebrating-local-water-protection-efforts-on-august-24/

From Volunteer West Virginia - Day to Serve

 From Volunteer West Virginia

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Day to Serve is a unique annual initiative that transcends political and religious differences. It unites people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live. Grab a pair of old clothes, work gloves, and join fellow West Virginians for Day to Serve this September 9th - October 10th. Last year over 10,200 West Virginians pitched in at 555 volunteer events. The annual event brings neighbors together to form friendships and pay-it-forward in the Mountain State.

Learn How to Bring Your Community Together


Learn How to Bring Your Community Together with this Workshop

Participants at a What’s Next WV workshop

In a time when real communication seems elusive, the WV Center for Civic Life stands out by helping people in communities listen, talk, and act together.  

The Center for Civic Life’s What’s Next, WV initiative is a process that helps us do just this—a series of public conversations and action planning sessions that encourage communities to think through hard questions together. 

We hope you can join us for our next free workshop in Summersville on July 25. This workshop is for people who are interested in bringing What’s Next to their area.

Find out more about What’s Next regional workshops and register for the one in Summersville »

Those who come to our workshops learn how to reach out to involve new people and ideas, develop local coalitions, facilitate productive conversations, and move from dialogue to action.

Local organizers of What’s Next initiatives reach out to welcome people from across their communities to come together—so that a wide range of ideas and perspectives are considered. Citizens are asked to talk, think, and act based on their own ideas.


Those who come to our workshops learn how to reach out to involve new people and ideas, develop local coalitions, facilitate productive conversations, and move from dialogue to action. 



The questions are deceptively simple: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? But the implications of those questions are much more complicated. How do we create a community that works for everyone? What would it look like if our community were thriving? What difficult decisions do we need to work through together?

In responding to these questions, citizens build the civic capacity of their community—that is, the ability they have to talk to one another about tough subjects.

The WV Center for Civic Life and its partners (including the Hub) launched the What’s Next, WV initiative in 2014, but this year, we are focusing our efforts in communities that were affected by last year’s devastating floods. Many communities, such as the Meadow River Valley in Greenbrier County, believe that recovery from the flooding has provided a moment of opportunity to connect with each other. They, among other places, are using What’s Next to develop their ability to really listen to each other, and think, talk, and act on what they want their community to look like.  

2017 Watershed Celebration Day Online Registration

 Watershed Celebration Day Online Registration: http://www.wvca.us/wvwn/wcdr.cfm

Deadline to register is July 14

19th Annual Watershed Celebration Day

Camp Dawson*
on Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th 2017

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

WCD Saturday Agenda Printout: 2017 Saturday Agenda


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
Reserved Under: WVDEP Watershed
Ask for Reservation # 94075
Check in: 3:00 p.m. / Check out: 11:00 a.m.
For additional information on the Camp Dawson Event Center, visit: www.wv.ngb.army.mil/campdawson/

Driving Directions Can Be Found at:

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.

Meetup at 1:45pm at the North Preston Quick Stop located on Route 26 south of Bruceton Mills to organize carpool. Wear rugged shoes or boots and bring water, snacks, and camera.
North Preston Quick Stop 9395 N Preston Hwy, Albright, WV 26519


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.

Meetup at 1:45pm at the Albright Quick Stop located on Route 26 in Albright - directly across from Cheat River Outfitters outpost. NOTE: Meetup location will change if trip is pushed to the Upper Cheat due to extra low water levels. RSVP to bwarnick@cheat.org for more information on what to bring and important trip updates.
Albright Kwik Stop 2735 North Preston Hwy, Albright, WV 26519

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


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
* - Associate 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)



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.

For additional information on agenda, scholarships, etc., see printable, mail–in brochure: 2017 WCD Registration Form

Attachments: 21220_2017 WCD Registration Form Pub.pdf
Save the Date: Elkpedition Picnic & Paddle, Labor Day, Sept. 4

 Save the Date: Elkpedition Picnic & Paddle, Labor Day, Sept. 4

Make a SPLASH and join West Virginia Rivers Coalition at Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV for a celebration of the Elk River on Labor Day, September 4, 2017, during our 2nd Annual Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle!

Join a flotilla of kayaks, canoes, rafts or anything else that floats for a celebratory 3.5-mile paddle on the Elk River! After the paddle, you’ll be treated to a good old-fashioned BBQ picnic. Registration for the paddle will open soon, check wvrivers.org for announcements.

Want to join the celebration but would rather stay on land? During the afternoon, we’ll be hosting a free family-friendly Elk River festival featuring games, music, giveaways, and booths from local organizations that support clean water in West Virginia. Interested in tabling during the festival? Email ktyner@wvrivers.org.

The Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH event series and benefits the West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper. For more information on the SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota, please visit www.splashseries.org.

Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications for Spring 2017

 Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications available

 Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree) promotes tree planting and education on public land through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, & Pendleton counties).  The program also focuses on enhancing and promoting awareness of watershed and riparian area needs such as storm water management, water quality issues, buffer zone planting, and soil erosion. The project is entirely volunteer based and engages stakeholders in the process of making priority decisions within their respective communities and offers a strong educational message along with a physical planting component. CommuniTree is a program of the WV Conservation Agency and the WV Potomac Tributary Team that is engaged in on-the-ground actions throughout the Potomac headwaters.

 CTree and its partners invite organizations and agencies to apply for CTree kits to organize, coordinate, and implement urban tree plantings through a competitive grant process.  Twice annually groups can apply for CTree Kits for spring and fall plantings.  CTree Kits include:


Trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for Shade, Reforestation, etc.   


Tree tubes or cages to protect from deer; and   


Mulch to foster good root growth

 Successful CTree applicants will receive technical assistance from CTree partners and the WV Division of Forestry.  Any interested group that is dedicated to increasing urban canopy cover in the Potomac Basin is eligible to apply (with or without prior experience planting trees).  Follow this link to see a map of priority planting sites.

 CTree is designed so any volunteer group or public entities, regardless of experience, can apply for help from CTree and the WV Division of Forestry.  We want your group to apply and join the growing number of volunteers who are making their communities more beautiful and health by planting trees.  CTree applications include: 


Cover Letter: General information about your group, including group name & address, project leader & location, etc.


Proposal: More in depth information about their organization (structure, number of members, past tree planting experience), details on the proposed project including description of need, objectives, and an explanation of how the project will be evaluated.


Site Checklist: Checklist for evaluating a proposed planting site including hydrology, topography, current vegetation, and potential conflicts with underground or overhead utilities.


Tree Maintenance Form: Groups must outline a multi-year plan to maintain the health of the trees through proper watering, mulching, and care.

 Application MaterialsYou prepare your application using a writeable PDF with an email button.  You will need to have Adobe Reader software on your computer to use the PDF form; if you don't already have it, download Adobe Reader for free.  




Applications for fall plantings are due by July 1


Applications for spring plantings are due February 1.

 Useful Resources for grantees:


       CTree Kits (113 KB, PDF)


       Volunteer Contribution and Material Donation Example  (38KB, PDF)


       Frequently Asked Questions 

 It is the law, call before you dig!  (CTree representatives will help successful applicants with contacting “Miss Utility” to have the planting site inspected.  Background information on Miss Utility.)

Cherry Fork Watershed Agriculture Projects


Including the tributaries of Stumpy Run, Painters Branch, Sigman Fork, or the Main Stem of Cherry Fork in Putnam County.

You may be eligible to receive significant cost share incentives for the construction of Agricultural Best Management Practices in the Western Conservation District.

Agricultural Best Management Practices Available for Cost Share include:

  • Fence (exclusion & division)
  • Water Systems
  • Manure Storage Structures
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Heavy Use Area Protection
  • Roof Runoff Management
  • Septic System Repairs / Upgrades

Contact Mark Buchanan, Conservation Specialist, CPESC with the West Virginia Conservation Agency for details at (304) 675-3054 or MBuchanan@wvca.us

*See attachment for additional information.


Attachments: 8467_Cherry Fork Poster.pdf
Water Festival Planning Guide

Water Festival Planning Guide on the DEP webpage.

Water Festivals are a great way to reach a large number of students with a variety of water education lessons in a single fun day.

This guide is designed to provide some of the basic information and details that anyone interested in organizing this type of event might need. 

Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions that you might have.

Water Festival Planning Guide link: http://www.dep.wv.gov/WWE/getinvolved/WET/Pages/WaterFestivalGuide.aspx

You can also get there from Project WET’s Water Festival page.

Free Online Diagnosis for Watershed Groups

Free Online Diagnosis for Watershed Groups

Working hard to protect rivers, but are the gears not quite meshing? Lacking talent, resources or financial stability?

You can now engage your staff and board in a free organizational self-assessment, courtesy of a new tool developed by River Network with support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The two-part process includes an initial survey of key metrics of your organization’s health, followed by an opportunity for your board and staff to weigh in with more qualitative (and anonymous and confidential) feedback. Once everyone from the organization has responded, you receive a composite report that can help you and River Network’s capacity building staff determine your organization’s greatest needs and its future priorities.

Watershed Academy Online Training Tool
Visit the Watershed Academy Web on-line training site at
to strengthen your watershed protection skills.

The Web site offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six themes listed above. Modules vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to 2 hours. Fifteen of them (marked with asterisks * below) are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.

EPA Releases Recovery Potential Screening Website to Assist Restoration Planners

EPA Releases Recovery Potential Screening Website to Assist Restoration Planners

EPA announced the release of a new technical assistance tool for surface water quality protection and restoration programs: the Recovery Potential Screening website (www.epa.gov/recoverypotential/).  Recovery Potential Screening is a user-driven, flexible approach for comparing relative differences in restorability among impaired waters.  The website provides step-by-step screening directions, time-saving tools for calculating indices and displaying results, summaries of over 120 ecological, stressor and social indicators, a recovery literature database, and several case studies.
Practical applications include: assisting watershed-level programs that need to focus on priority places due to limited resources; developing a 303(d) impaired waters list prioritized schedule; prioritizing implementation among many TMDLs; planning statewide nonpoint source control projects and restoration initiatives; helping develop strategies to meet performance tracking measures; identifying opportunities for synergy between healthy watersheds protection and impaired watersheds restoration; and revealing underlying factors that influence restoration success to improve programs.  EPA developed this technical method and website to assist states and others in complex planning and prioritizing activities, provide a systematic and transparent comparison approach, and help improve program results.  For additional information, please contact Doug Norton (norton.douglas@epa.gov).

EPA PCB TMDL Handbook Released

EPA PCB TMDL Handbook Released (PDF) (33 pp, 262K, About PDF)

EPA has issued a technical document titled Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Handbook, which provides EPA regions, states, and other stakeholders with updated information for addressing Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) waters impaired by PCBs.  PCBs rank sixth among the national causes of water quality impairment in the country, and of the 71,000 waterbody-pollutant combinations listed nationally, over 5,000 (eight percent) are PCB-related.  This handbook identifies various approaches to developing PCB TMDLs and provides examples of TMDLs from around the country, complete with online references.  It aims to help states complete more PCB TMDLs and ultimately restore those waters impaired by PCBs.



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