Make It Shine

Make It Shine

When: Saturday April 1st, 2017

Where: Anthony Boat Launch

Time: 10am - 2pm

Join us this Saturday to make West Virginia shine! This year, we will be picking up trash at the Anthony Boat Launch in Anthony WV. We will start at 10am. Bring Kayaks and/or canoes if you can. If you want to clean any other areas along the watershed, just call 304-647-4792 and leave us a message. We will have bags and gloves and will arrange pick up at your location. Make it Shine!! 
ROANOKE , VA. March 28, 7PM
PIPELINE FIGHTERS fuses testimonials of lamentation, defiance and resolve in a scathing examination of fossil fuel infrastructure projects, hydraulic fracturing, climate change and use of eminent domain in the service of corporate profits, impacting our water, our land, our air, our very way of life. 
Feature Documentary (98min.)
Recipient of an AWARD OF EXCELLENCE from Impact DOCS Film Festival in La Jolla , CA ,
NOMINATED for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Paris Play Film Festival, France ,
a SEMI-FINALIST AWARD at the Los Angeles CineFest, and included at the 
Barcelona Planet Film Festival , Spain and the Roma Cinema DOC, Italy
We encourage you all to come early for the best seating.
We sold out the Lyric in Blacksburg last month, leaving standing room only.
The screening is a free admission, however a donation is suggested to help with the filmmaker and sponsor's expenses.
We are also very proud to announce that MONROE SPEAKS!  Short Documentary (47min.)
at the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla , CA ,
along with a SEMI-FINALIST AWARD at the Hollywood Screenings.

West VirginiaUniversity - DavisCollege of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
West Virginia Water Quality Survey Research Invitation
Dear West Virginia Resident,
We are writing to ask you for your opinions on water quality in West Virginia . We are especially interested in understanding your perceptions of the quality of both your drinking water at home and water in streams, rivers and lakes in West Virginia .
The questionnaire has 27 questions, and should take only 15 minutes of your time to complete. Please follow this link to start the survey:
Your responses are voluntary and will be kept completely anonymous.
Your answers will never be associated with your name or e-mail address. You may skip any question you choose not to answer. This research project has been reviewed and acknowledged by West Virginia University Institutional Review.
You must be 18 years old to participate in this study.
Your opinions are extremely valuable to us as we continue to study water quality here in West Virginia . We sincerely look forward to your responses. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the phone number below. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Legislative Update

From WV Environmental Council

Water Pollution Bill Passes Committee
HB 2506 went before the Senate Judiciary committee Wednesday afternoon, in a hearing marked by dense technical discussions and procedural maneuvering. Testimony by those opposed to the bill was cut off before everyone interested got to speak, but not before representatives from the Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) and the Rural Water Association voiced serious doubts about the bill, along with several ordinary citizens. In particular, Tim Ball of MUB expressed concerns that this bill might increase costs for water utilities, and stated that it goes against the spirit of source water protection.
Thanks to the abrupt call for a vote, several Senators also found themselves unable to offer prepared amendments, and will have to put those changes forward on the floor during second reading this Saturday.
In the technical discussions, it became clear that this bill could allow for more pollutants to be emitted into our waterways, and that adopting the standards in HB 2506 would make West Virginia's streamflow models less protective than those used by surrounding states.
Significant discussion was devoted to EPA guidance, which offers a general recommendation in favor of harmonic mean flow, but admits that for some toxins with acute effects a more protective low-flow is needed. It is ultimately up to state policy-makers to choose a model, and in its current form HB 2506 lacks the nuance to account for potential acute toxicity.
Despite their enthusiasm for the EPA's qualified endorsement of harmonic mean, many Senators were happy to overlook the fact HB 2506 goes against explicit EPA guidance that mixing zones not overlap. Admittedly, parsing subjects like EPA guidance and streamflow modelling was a tough task, and we commend those Senators from both parties who maintained a questioning attitude throughout.
Throughout this process, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has offered assurances that other key safeguards still codified in law would prevent any increase in pollution from reaching the point where it would negatively impact human health. Although we would rather keep the current law unaltered than rely on those backstops, we still appreciate the DEP's commitment to upholding water quality standards.
In a somewhat puzzling statement yesterday, industry representatives asserted that businesses would not actually increase their emissions even if that possibility was available under this law. It seems unlikely that manufacturers and other businesses have waged a prolonged campaign for a privilege they don't intend to use, but for now that claim remains unverifiable.
Another lingering question from yesterday's meeting is precisely what benefits West Virginians would receive in return for opening the door to more toxins in their streams. Very few concrete examples of facilities that might require HB 2506 to operate are available, and in one key case cited in the meeting, the company had already successfully negotiated a variance for overlapping mixing zones under the existing law. Even in arguments from the opposition it was clear that our current, more protective rules offer sufficient flexibility to avoid impeding development. More fundamentally, loosening long-standing environmental regulations does not offer a path to truly sustainable prosperity.
HB 2506 was passed out of committee 10 to 5, with one committee member absent. We salute Senators Beach, Jeffries, Miller, Romano and Woelfel for standing up for clean water and opposing this bill. From here the bill advances to the full Senate. Amendments will be offered on Saturday, and the final vote on this bill is expected Monday morning.

People's Hearing Testimony at FERC

In December, Delaware Riverkeeper Network staged a "People's Hearing" to collect testimony from those who had been abused by pipeline companies and shady FERC practices. This one is especially disturbing:

Mountaintop Removal Will Be a Significant Consequence of the ACP

The focus on environmental consequences of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline(ACP) has largely centered upon impacts on water resources and plant and animal species.  Recent work done by the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition (DPMC) has broadened that concern to an examination of the effect the ACP would have on the many mountain ridges that the project would cross.
Dominion Transportation, Inc., managing partner for the ACP, has indicated in resource filings it has made with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that in several locations in the mountainous areas of the route the pipeline would run along the tops of mountaintop ridges, in some instances for up to at least a mile.  Because many of these ridges are very narrow and formed by very steep slopes, to achieve the width of land necessary to construct the pipeline, it would be necessary to remove the tops of these ridges, perhaps by as much as 50 feet of elevation.  It is estimated that there are over 20 locations on the ACP route where mountaintop removal would be necessary.
The serious impact of removing such ridgetops is two-fold: 1) the visual impact it would have in altering the scenic view would be significant; 2) the earth and rock removed from the ridgetops would seriously exacerbate the already large concern of erosion and sediment control associated with the project.  Dominion has so far been vague about how it intends to manage this problem (see the ABRA Update story from issue #119 on the company's lack of responsiveness to the U.S. Forest Service).
This week's issue of The Recorder, the newspaper serving Highland and Bath Counties in Virginia, features a major article on how mountaintop removal would impact just one portion of the route.  The map below illustrates the magnitude of the issue in just a 15-mile portion of the route in Pocahontas, Highland and Bath Counties.

Fossil fuels foe contends Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 'climate disaster'

An organization that describes its mission as exposing the true costs of fossil fuels contends that the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and the separate but similar Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be "climate disasters." Oil Change International, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., cites evidence it says debunks the conventional wisdom that natural gas is a cleaner fuel than coal for generating electricity. The organization released reports Wednesday that suggest the two pipeline projects and associated pollution from methane emissions "would together contribute as much greenhouse gas pollution as 45 coal-fired power plants." The Mountain Valley Pipeline project alone would yield annual greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to the emissions from 26 average coal power plants or more than 19 million passenger vehicles, Oil Change International reported. The calculations of greenhouse gas emissions contributed by the two pipelines did not factor in reductions in emissions that burning natural gas instead of coal might yield at the power plant where combustion occurs. Lorne Stockman, a Staunton-based research analyst for Oil Change International, explained that the analysis does not assume that gas plants will replace coal plants. "New gas brought into the market is today competing with clean energy, not only coal," Stockman said. "This competition between gas and clean energy can only increase." Oil Change International's calculations were informed by data from PSE Healthy Energy, a nonprofit research institute which contends that methane leakage across the natural gas supply chain equals about 3.8 percent of U.S. gross natural gas production.  

Garlic Mustard Challenge 

What is Garlic Mustard?
An invasive species that is crowding out wildflowers and toxic to native butterflies.Join us for a day of fun and information as we work to rid this area of our watershed of this invasive plant species.

When: April 11, 2017

Where: Blue Bend Recreational Area

Time: 10am

Additional Info:  Bring water, lunch, boots and gloves. Dress for the weather. Call 1-304-636-1800(ext. 224) or email  

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Support Clean Water in Your Community at No Cost to

If you shop at Kroger stores and you support clean water, you can help Greenbrier River Watershed Association at no cost to you.  Kroger has a program called Community Rewards that donates to non-profitorganizations 5% of your purchase amount!  This does not affect the fuel points that you earn on your Kroger card or cost you anything extra.
To do this, 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
b) Go to 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 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 enter83802,  the number of Greenbrier River Watershed Association, then click "Search" and click on button in front of Greenbrier River Watershed Association, then click "Enroll." You're done!
Thank you for your support of Greenbrier River Watershed Association!

Where to find news 
As always, great information is at and these two great groups now have Facebook pages, Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance and Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition. There is a Facebook Page (at least one) for the Dakota Access Pipeline fight -- Sacred Stone Camp. The GRWA has been upgrading our website come visit us there.

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