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Calling All Water Warriors!

Yesterday, the House Energy committee took up HB 2811, a bill that would further weaken the protections of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act (ASTA) by exempting more than two-thirds of the chemical storage tanks that are now covered by ASTA. Not only that, over 29,000 tanks would no longer be registered, let alone regulated. HB 2811 sailed unanimously through, and is now headed to the House Judiciary committee.

We need your help to slow momentum on this bill!

Join us Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00am for the Public Hearing on HB 2811 in the WV House Chamber. Rise up with us, and resist these attempts to endanger our clean water supply!

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Water Quality Survey  
 
The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at WVU is conducting a survey of West Virginia residents about the quality of drinking water and surface water. Please consider taking the survey and sharing your opinions.
Survey HERE
 

Clean Water Action of the Week
Take Action to Keep More Toxins Out of Our Water

Both the House and Senate of the WV Legislature have introduced similar bills that would allow more toxins in our waters. SB 246 and HB 2506 have both been referred to their respective judiciary committees for consideration, check out our summary on the bills. Now is the time to let those committee members know that you want them to say “no” to dumping more dangerous toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in our drinking water supplies. Click here to send your message today.

Let legislators know that more toxic pollution is not what we want for the future of West Virginia.

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WV Rivers Coalition

The 2017 legislative session began last Wednesday and already the attacks on water have started. Make sure you sign-up for our weekly Water Policy Updates so you can stay informed and take action on water issues - http://eepurl.com/_KUd9.

Easy Clean Water Action of the Week

Each week of the legislative session we'll share actions you can take to help protect our water. This week, we're asking you to help spread the word and organize!

1. Share this email with your friends and encourage them to sign-up for Policy Updates. Help get more people involved, we'll need everyone to help defeat attacks on water.

2. Join us Monday 2/27, at the Capitol for E-Day! Attend a citizen advocacy training and meet with your legislators on issues related to water and the environment. WV Rivers is also looking for a few volunteers to help out at the WV Rivers table. Call 304-637-7201 to volunteer.

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WV/VA Water Quality Monitoring Training

March 4 ~  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Davis, WV

Volunteer Glenn Mingo demonstrates how he takes a turbidity reading on Ramsey's Draft in VA.

Trout Unlimited and its West Virginia and Virginia Councils are partnering with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WV Rivers) to train volunteers to monitor coldwater resources that have the potential to be impacted by shale gas - related development and other non-point sources of water pollution. The goals of this workshop are twofold. First, to educate volunteers about the potential impacts to fish and wildlife resources in the shale gas region of West Virginia and Virginia and second train volunteers to effectively monitor the water quality in these areas. TU and WV Rivers will work with these trained volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring in priority watersheds that have been identified by WV Rivers and TU’s science team as critical for protecting ecologically significant lands and waters.   Preregister HERE

Community and Conservation Groups Blast FERC Findings on Fracked-Gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline

America’s next big pipeline fight is emerging in the mountain towns and farming communities of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. With federal regulators poised to rubber-stamp the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, landowners, community leaders and their allies are taking inspiration from the water protectors at Standing Rock and vowing to stand together to stop it. In response to requests from numerous elected officials and organizations, FERC has extended the usual 45-day period for public comments; the deadline is April 6, 2017. PRESS RELEASE WITH CONTACT INFORMATION FERC DEIS

 

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North American Security and Infrastructure Act A bill moving in Congress called the North American Security and Infrastructure Act, commonly referred to as S2012 will greatly expand fracking, fast track pipelines and LNG ports, and expand access to both tribal lands and national parks by fracking infrastructure.  Needless to say with all these provisions climate change will be exponentially exacerbated.  The implications of this massive 792 page bill has not been properly assessed by lawmakers and there has been little public awareness about its imminent adverse impacts. Even with a lame duck Congress this bill could move very quickly within the next two weeks, so it is imperative that we make our opposition known and felt immediately. Any group fighting any type of fracked oil or gas infrastructure will face even greater challenges if this bill becomes law.  

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krogerSupport Clean Water in Your Community with Kroger Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards donates to your designated non-profit organizations with 5% of your purchase amount.  This does not affect the fuel points that you earn on your Kroger card or cost you anything extra. For more information visit Kroger Community Rewards

Sign up for a Kroger Plus card and then sign up for the Community Rewards program, naming Greenbrier River Watershed Association as the organization you want contributions to go to.  This must be renewed once a year for Kroger to continue making these contributions.

 To sign up:      (If you already have a Kroger card, go to step 2.)  1)  Get a Kroger Plus card, either, a) by going to a Kroger store and asking for one at the customer service desk, or
  1. b) Go to Kroger.com and click on "Register" and fill out the information and click "Create Account."  Next, add a Plus Card by clicking on "Get a Digital Plus Card online today," fill in your name, and enter your ten-digit phone number where it says "Alt ID", and click "Save."
 2)  If you already have Kroger Plus card, but have not created an account on-line, go to Kroger.com and click "Register" and enter your existing Kroger card number, the number below the bar code on your card.  Click "Save."  3)  After you click on "Save" in one of the above, an "Account Summary" screen will come up.  At the bottom of that screen is "Community Rewards."  Click "Enroll" and fill out the required information there, click "Save", and it takes you to a new page, where you enter 83802,  the number of Greenbrier River Watershed Association, then click "Search" and click on button in front of Greenbrier River Watershed Association, then click "Enroll."   Thank you for your support of Greenbrier River Watershed Association!

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No Mass Permits for Pipelines CLOSED  We became aware of the intention of the US Fish And Wildlife Service to consider issuing a "mass permit" for nine companies looking to build pipelines across our neighborhoods. We think this might be a very bad idea. When we hear "streamlining" we think that means "Look out, communities!"  Comment submission: Comments accepted only if received or postmarked on or before December 27, 2016.

  __________________________________________________________________________   Huge Thanks to everyone who commented on this!  Comment to FERC on Environmental Impacts 

The public has an opportunity to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Study until December 22, 2016. CLOSED