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Make it Shine Volunteers Rock!

A chilly start, but the crew from the Greenbrier River Watershed Association was ready for the challenge! Anthony Boat Launch and Campground Area is ready for the summer. Thanks to all that participated in this years Make it Shine event!


Free Event! April 27th ~ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

WV Rivers has partnered with the Town of Marlinton and Greenbrier Valley Conservation District to host a free community meeting on local watershed protection efforts.

On April 27th, 5-7pm, at the Marlinton Municipal Building, attendees will hear from presenters who are working on projects that protect local drinking water sources.

Following the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to provide input on the projects discussed and suggest future projects to expand drinking water protection efforts in the region.

The event also features refreshments, kid's activities, door prizes, and displays from local groups!

Stay tuned to West Virginia Rivers Coalition for more information.


The Great Greenbrier River Race is April 29!

For information about the race email info@greenbrierrivertrail.com

For more information about the Greenbrier River Race please email info@greenbrierrivertrail.com


2016 was the 30th annual Great Greenbrier River Race. The race is held the last Saturday in April each year. With great prizes, live music and good food,the event attracts a loyal following of racers and fans.

Originally a team event with four members, canoeists, bicyclist and runner, the race has now attracted many people who do it solo. But there is still room for the whole family or the family dog on a team! Kayaks and canoes are both encouraged and the many categories encourage prizes for many racers.

  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND MORE INFORMATION   ________________________________________________________________________________________________ WATERSHED GROUP VIDEO'S
Check out the Watershed Group Videos, including ours, HERE

  Currents is a celebration of the dozens of watershed groups that help protect, preserve and restore West Virginia's waterways, told in their own words. It premiered at the WV Rivers Film Festival in Morgantown on October 22, 2015. Currents is a production of the WVDEP, and was produced and directed by Michael Huff.

For Legislative Updates, please check the following:

West Virginia Environmental Council;

West Virginia Citizens Action Group;

West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization

West Virginia Natural Streams Preservation Act
If you are interested in understanding the additional protections of the Greenbrier and New Rivers below Knapps Creek, take a look at the West Virginia  Natural Streams Preservation Act.
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The Problem(s) with Pipelines: An Anthology
Belle Fourche Pipeline Leak, Dec. 10, 2016. Image Credit – Jennifer Skjod, N. Dakota Dept. of Health

Belle Fourche Pipeline Leak, Dec. 10, 2016. Image Credit – Jennifer Skjod, N. Dakota Dept. of Health

On Sunday, Dec. 4 the Army Corps of Engineers issued a decision which will again delay construction of  the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The ruling was cheered by water protectors entrenched in the path of the pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. These representatives of indigenous nations, environmental activists, veterans, and many other groups have been resisting pressure from private security and law enforcement officers... Continue

  ________________________________________________________________________________________________   Final EPA Report: Fracking Threatens Drinking Water December 13, 2016

biological_drinking_water_treatment_running_faucetAfter years of researching the environmental effects of horizontal gas drilling, including the controversial practice called “fracking”, the Environmental Protection Agency released a final report that highlights threats, but is still largely inconclusive.

Drilling practices that capture gas trapped in shale rock deep underground can contaminate drinking water – but federal regulators aren’t sure how risky it is. That’s the final takeaway from a $30 million report that took six years to finish. Continue


WV Supreme Court: No Pipeline Surveys for Private Gain

West Virginia property owners won an important case at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Tuesday when that Court sided with Appalachian Mountain Advocates attorneys, ruling that the Mountain Valley Pipeline cannot survey for its proposed natural gas pipeline without landowner permission. The Court held that such a survey would constitute an illegal "private taking for private use," because the proposed pipeline would not benefit West Virginians. Full story click here

The Greenbrier River Watershed Association, founded in 1990, is one of the oldest watershed associations in the state. With thactis website, we hope to give the Greenbrier River Watershed residents and visitors the tools they need to take responsible care of the land that is home to the waters.  Most importantly we hope that the people of these beautiful mountains get outdoors and enjoy wild and wonderful West Virginia. Come out and join us!

GRWA-Report-2015 NEWS: Greenbrier River Watershed Association joins with Pipeline Update to provide the most up to date meeting information and news on proposed pipelines in our watershed. If you want the most recent news and information, go to http://pipelineupdate.org/ and see what is happening lots of folks are coming out to meetings all over West Virginia and Virginia!

Upshur County Map

Upshur County Map

More maps at Mountain Valley Pipeline Download these from Dropbox: Pocahontas County WV Map 9mb Randolph County WV Map 14 mb Upshur County WV Map 14 mb Part 1 Harrison County WV Map 5mb Fact Sheet Action Steps

The Greenbrier River

From the wilds of Blister Swamp high in the Allegheny Mountains until it flows into the New River Gorge National River near Hinton, the Greenbrier River has carved its way almost two hundred miles through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled terrain on the East Coast.  It is the longest free flowing river in the East, and boasts two of our newest wilderness areas, Spice Run and Big Draft.img_3496

One of the nation's oldest rail to trail conversions, the scenic Greenbrier River Trail parallels the river for almost eighty miles in Pocahontas and Greenbrier Counties, affording access to the river and some of the surrounding state parks and forest and the Monongahela National Forest.

The river and its tributaries provide drinking water for communities, water for agriculture and recreation, and home for abundant wildlife, including bald eagles, lynx, black bear, river otters and myriad of birds and mammals.