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Great Greenbrier River Race Moves to “Semi Virtual”
The Great Greenbrier River Race (GGRR) organizers are excited to announce that this years’ race will be a “semi-virtual” race this Spring.
Instead of the one day event (which will hopefully be live on April 30, 2022), they are moving to a “at your own leisure” option for this year’s event.
Beginning Saturday, April 17th, and running through May 15th, 2021, you will be able to run, paddle, and pedal your way to another GGRR finish. Every weekend during this time you are more than welcome to come use the GGRR course. If you can’t make it to Pocahontas County but still want to participate, feel free to use your own course as well – please just make sure that you run 3 miles, paddle 4 miles, and pedal 10 miles.
This will be a self-reporting / on-your-honor system. Once you have completed the distance(s), log your times into the registration system on TriStateRacer.com.
Please feel free to make this as convenient for you as you need by breaking up the sections of the race into multiple days or of course complete in all in one day as you normally would have. For the virtual race, there is no way of tracking teams, therefore, only solo racers will be recognized.
Please note, the run course will be slightly different since we cannot block off the main street, but we will still utilize the portion of the trail that you have raced on in years past and it will be well-marked to avoid confusion.
Again, this is not how we wish this year was going to be, but is the best that we can do under the current situation. We do hope that you will join us, either in-person on one of the available weekends, or virtually. If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a question to our Facebook page.
For those of you that carried your 2020 registration to 2021, please let the GGRR Management Team know how you would like to proceed.
FLOOD WATCH 2021 ~ FIND AREA RIVER GAUGES HERE
Greenbrier River Watershed Association Receives Grant for Green Floater Mussel Project
January 20, 2021
The Greenbrier River Watershed Association (GRWA) is happy to announce the receipt of a $700 grant from the Pyles & Turner Foundation, Inc. to help assist the National Fish Hatchery in White Sulphur Springs (WSSNFH) with plans to produce juveniles of Green Floater mussels for stocking back into the Greenbrier. This will increase the populations of this species and assist in its recovery. The Greenbrier River Watershed Association and WSSNFH plan to conduct an outreach event at the time of release. It also plans to monitor the survival and growth of a subset of the individuals released. The GRWA sees this project as a great opportunity to both directly improve the watershed itself and increase public interest in freshwater mussel conservation. Full story HERE
Greenbrier Watershed Association February 17, 2021 Newsletter HERE
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Message from the President
We write in hopes that you are all safe in this uncertain time, and wanted to let you know that the Greenbrier River Watershed Association is continuing our work to keep the river and its tributaries clean and healthy. We hope you visit our Greenbrier Watershed Facebook page and are receiving the email newsletter. If not, we encourage you to send us your email we can get that to you. The Board continues to meet virtually and we want to let you know about some projects we are working on.
• Rain Barrel Workshop will provide free rain barrels for attendees of a virtual workshop scheduled for this spring.
• Educational signage at Fort Spring boat launch and new Ronceverte public access on River Road
• Partnering with New River Conservancy to secure future funding for river clean ups
• Coordination with Lewisburg Water to advocate for the new water intake to be located upstream of the landfill.
• Advocate for stronger monitoring requirements in the re-issued Landfill permit
• Continue to monitor pollution runoff at the Greenbrier Sportsplex
• Partner with the US Fish &Wildlife Service (USF&WS) and WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP)on a Water Festival for 5th graders to be held at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery in Spring 2021 (hopefully).
• Partnering with USF&WS on a Green Floater Mussel program at the fish hatchery that would provide educational opportunities and boost the mussel population in the river.
• Partnering with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and Town of Marlinton to develop a Wetland Educational Park in Marlinton along the trail.
Even though we can’t have in-person gatherings, we are working hard to protect and promote our beautiful Greenbrier River.
Also, we had to cancel our annual fundraiser during this pandemic, so if you can, please renew your membership and send us a contribution either via mail or donate HERE.
We can’t do this work without you!
John J. Walkup