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2017 Watershed Celebration Day Sponsors

  • Dominion
  • Friends of the Cheat
  • Walbridge Family Foundation
  • Capital Conservation District
  • Eastern Panhandle Conservation District
  • Elk Conservation District
  • Greenbrier Valley Conservation District
  • Guyan Conservation District
  • Little Kanawha Conservation District
  • Monongahela Conservation District
  • Northern Panhandle Conservation District
  • Potomac Valley Conservation District
  • Southern Conservation District
  • Tygarts Valley Conservation District
  • Western Conservation District
  • National Park Service-Rivers & Trails Program
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Office of Surface Mining
  • WV Conservation Agency
  • WV Department of Environmental Protection
  • WV Division of Highways
  • WV Rivers Coalition
  • WVCA Watershed Resource Center



 

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2017 Watershed Celebration Day

 

Watershed volunteers were recognized for their tireless efforts of working for clean water in WV for the 19th year this weekend at Watershed Celebration Day an event hosted by Friends of the Cheat and the WV Watershed Network.


Volunteers took part in tours of the Cheat River watershed as they floated down the river to learn the positive impact of tourism or hiked into the mountains to see how volunteers can plan, fund, and implement remedial projects that treat acid mine drainage. “The Friends of the Cheat (FOC) has been in existence for 23 years and are both locally and nationally recognized for their leadership role and determination to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat Watershed. It is exciting for us to have them host other volunteers and demonstrate the keys to their many successes,” says Rick Buckley, with the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining, an original partner helping FOC clean up pollution from old coal mine drainage in the Cheat Watershed.


On Saturday volunteers and resource providers gathered at Camp Dawson to share ideas, learn about new resources and to be acknowledged for their unique approaches to getting their communities involved in the watershed movement. “It is a humbling experience to interact with these spirited watershed volunteers who selflessly contribute their time and energy to enrich the quality of life in their communities through various watershed improvement projects. They are a positive example for all of us,” said Buckley. Watershed Celebration Day is the one event during the year that brings watershed groups together from across the State to share success stories and learn from each other while brainstorming solutions to common watershed threats.


This year the Network’s highest honor went to one of WV’s newer groups which organized around concern of impacts from the booming oil and gas industry on their water resource and their desire to preserve the water quality in the river that provides drinking water and attracts fishermen and nature lovers. They believe knowledge is power and they must work with all the stakeholders that are invested in their community and river. The volunteers are committed to water quality monitoring, educational outreach, and early warning systems to safeguard the water supply. They believe success is based on building relationships and opening lines of communication and they have done just that.

The Friends of the Hughes River Watershed Association was awarded the 2017 Watershed of the Year Award. The WVWN also recognized these Watershed Associations for their work in 2016:
• Buckhannon River Watershed Association – Buckhannon, Upshur County
• Coal River Group - Tornado, Kanawha County
• Coal River Mountain Watch’s Tadpole Project – Naoma, Raleigh County
• Davis Creek Watershed Association – Charleston, Kanawha County
• Fourpole Creek Watershed Association – Huntington, Cabell County
• Friends of Blackwater – Thomas, Tucker County
• Friends of Deckers Creek- Morgantown, Monongalia County
• Friends of Mill Creek – Ripley, Jackson County
• Friends of the Cheat – Kingwood, Preston County
• Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River– Alderson, Monroe County
• Greenbrier River Watershed Association – Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
• Guyandotte River Watersheds – Oak Hill, Wyoming, Mingo, Lincoln, Logan and Cabell Counties
• Indian Creek Watershed Association – Union, Monroe County
• Morris Creek Watershed Association – Montgomery, Fayette and Kanawha Counties
• Paint Creek Watershed Association – Gallagher, Kanawha County
• Piney Creek Watershed Association – Beckley, Raleigh County
• Sleepy Creek Watershed Association – Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
• Warm Springs Watershed Association - Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
• Charlie Walbridge, Watershed Champion – Friends of the Cheat Vice-Chair, Bruceton Mills

 

To see all the participating watershed associations and their awards follow this link: www.wvca.us/wvwn/2017WCDAwards.cfm


The event is hosted by the WV Watershed Network, Sponsors include: Dominion Foundation, Friends of the Cheat, Walbridge Family Foundation, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service – Rivers and Trails Program, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.


The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.
For more information, contact Tomi Bergstrom at (304) 382-5476.

2015 Watershed Celebration Day Award Recipients

 Friends of the Lower Greenbrier Named 2015 Watershed of the Year; 

20 Additional Groups Recognized for Their Achievements

2015 Watershed Celebration Day Watershed Association Award Recipients and Videos




ANSTEAD, W.Va. __ Watershed volunteers gathered at Hawks Nest State Park on Saturday, June 6 to be recognized for their work to improve West Virginia’s streams and rivers. During the 17th annual Watershed Celebration Day, volunteers had an opportunity to visit Morris Creek Watershed where they learned how the local watershed group is restoring Morris Creek and engaging in other innovative projects, including:
• treating acid mine drainage,
• stabilizing stream banks,
• creating energy using a hydro-generator,
• making Google maps,
• planting trees, and
• partnering with universities for educational programs.

Volunteers also learned the fundamentals of fundraising strategies and received a legislative update from the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. They also were treated to a jet boat ride on the New River.

The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Watershed Network (WVWN) and the highlight of the day was the awards presentation consisting of a compilation of short videos documenting the accomplishments, lessons learned, and featuring the beauty of each of the watersheds.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is a group of state, federal and non-profit resource providers who work closely with these volunteer organizations. This year the network honored 21 watershed groups for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection.

“The West Virginia Watershed Network has been working with watershed volunteers since 1996. The members of the network provide resources to the volunteers and also share in the ride of their success. Watershed associations have had a huge positive impact on West Virginia communities and the restoration and protection of our environment” said Jennifer Pauer, watershed basin coordinator with the West Virginia Stream Partners Program. “Everyone who enjoys the waters of our state should thank a watershed volunteer.”

This year, the network’s highest honor went to one of West Virginia’s most longstanding and well known watershed associations. This group has worked for years to bring education and recreation opportunities to its community and continues to carry the torch for clean water as new challenges arise. The Friends of the Lower Greenbrier was awarded the 2015 Watershed of the Year Award. The WVWN also recognized the following watershed associations for their work in 2015:


• Blue Heron Environmental Network “LED – Listen, Educate & Demonstrate”– Hedgesville, Berkeley County
* Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition “Citizens Science” - Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
• Coal River Group “Can Do Spirit”– St. Albans, Kanawha County
• Coal River Mountain Watch “Uncovering the Beauty” – Whitesville, Boone County
• Davis Creek Watershed Association “Positive, Purposeful Partnerships” – Charleston, Kanawha County
• Doddridge County Watershed Association “Speak for the Creek”–West Union, Doddridge County
* Elks Run Watershed Group “One By One” – Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
• Fourpole Creek Watershed Association “Partnering for Solutions”– Huntington, Cabell County
• Friends of Blackwater “Honoring History & Heritage” – Thomas, Tucker County
• Friends of Deckers Creek “Raising Money, Raising Kane”– Morgantown, Monongalia County
• Friends of Milam Creek “Live, Learn, Grow & Prosper” - McGraws, Wyoming County
• Friends of Mill Creek “Youth Stewards”  – Ripley, Jackson County
* Friends of the Cheat “Twenty Years of Promise” - Kingwood, Preston County
• Friends of the Hughes River UnMuddying the Waters” – Harrisville, Ritchie County
* Greenbrier River Watershed Association “Organize and Educate” - Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
• Morris Creek Watershed Association “Put Feet to Our Projects” – Montgomery, Fayette County
• Opequon Creek Project Team “Trees, Trails & Treasures” – Martinsburg, Berkeley County
• Piney Creek Watershed Association “Creating Community Connections” – Beckley, Raleigh County
• Sleepy Creek Watershed Association “Leading through Communication” – Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
• Warm Springs Watershed Association “Membership Magnificence” - Berkeley Springs, Morgan County

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Dominion Foundation, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and Trails Program, U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

2014 Watershed Celebration Day Award Winners
2014 WATERSHED CELEBRATION DAY AWARD WINNERS

Charleston- Watershed volunteers came to the Capitol on Monday, September 8th to talk with their Legislators and to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to keeping WV streams and rivers clean. During the 16th annual Watershed Celebration Day it was as important as ever for the legislators to understand the tireless efforts of watershed volunteers across the state. The event was sponsored by the WV Watershed Network and included among other activities a panel discussion about the new Source Water Protection Law. The panel discussion was followed by an awards luncheon with the senators and delegates and an afternoon session during the Legislative Water Resources Commission meeting. During the commission meeting, volunteers talked about water quality improvement projects they are working on in their communities to address acid mine drainage, sediment, fecal coliform and other sources of water pollution affecting streams throughout the State.

The WV Watershed Network is a group of state, federal and non-profit resource providers who work closely with these volunteer organizations. This year they honored 12 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection.

“We have been doing this for 16 years and every year we continue to have volunteers with a passion for our beautiful state and strong understanding of the important role clean water plays in our economy and our health. We like to take one day out of the year to express our appreciation for a job well done.” said Jennifer Pauer, Watershed Basin Coordinator with the WV Stream Partners Program. “We could not do the scale of work that is accomplished all across the state without the support of these volunteer organizations. . Clearly, Watershed volunteers are what make WV’s stream protection and restoration efforts a success.”

This year the Network’s highest honor went to one of WV’s longstanding and well known watershed associations. This group focuses on building partnerships through education and has been able to shine a light on new technologies to treat acid mine drainage. The Morris Creek Watershed was named the 2014 Watershed Association of the Year. The WVWN also recognized these Watershed Associations for their work in 2014:
• Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition- Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County
• Buckhannon River Watershed Association- Buckhannon, Upshur County
• Coal River Group - St. Albans, Kanawha County
• Davis Creek Watershed Association – Charleston, Kanawha County
• Fourpole Creek Watershed Association – Huntington, Cabell County
• Friends of Deckers Creek- Morgantown, Monongalia County
• Friends of the Hughes River - Harrisville Ritchie County
• Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River- Lewisburg, Greenbrier County
• Piney Creek Watershed Association – Beckley, Raleigh County
• Sleepy Creek Watershed Association – Berkeley Springs, Morgan County
• Warm Springs Watershed Association - Berkeley Springs, Morgan County

The individual recognized for her efforts to support the watershed movement outside of her watershed as a “Guiding Light” was Bethany Boback nominated by the Friend s of Deckers Creek in Morgantown, WV

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Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and trails Program, US Office of Surface Mining, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources

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For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.
2013 Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced
WV Watershed Network 2013 Watershed Celebration Day Winners

On November 2nd the West Virginia Watershed Network hosted the 15th annual Watershed Celebration day at Cacapon State Park.  Nine watershed associations and one individual were recognized for their work for the following special projects:

Cultural Connection Award

The Friends of Deckers Creek is well established and extraordinary group that continues to excel in their efforts to promote improvements in their watershed through their watershed connections.  They educate the public on a number of environmental matters, conduct extensive water monitoring, and are reaching out to other cultures in the area.

 

At their outdoor learning park, the group erected a welcome sign in both English and Spanish to honor the contributions of a local Mexican Restaurant as well as encourage more Hispanic families to use the facility.  This project and all of their other work has earned the friends of Deckers Creek the Cultural Connections award.

 

Margaret Meade Award

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world.  Warm Springs Run Watershed Association like no other epitomizes this through their partnerships, activities and accomplishments with citizens, civic groups, local, regional, state and federal governments.  Using all these partners and many more the group promotes and works towards their goals; help people understand, protect, improve and enjoy their Run. 

 

THINK OUTSIDE, NO BOX REQUIRED

Their mottos: “Think outside, no box required!” and “Recreate while you educate”.

This group has excelled in many areas over the past year.  They have hosted educational outreach events worked on renewable energy and reforestation projects.  They have planted community gardens, hosted water quality monitoring events are just into projects galore. 

For making their mottos a reality, Morris Creek Watershed Association was awarded the “Think outside, no box required” award.

The Perfect TEN Award – trees, entomology, and neighbors

The Sleepy Creek Watershed was recognized for being a Perfect Ten.  Their efforts to promote and educate are extensive.  They provide and plant trees to increase riparian buffers; monitor at 7 sites with 8 monitors where they spend a total of 102 hours on site collection and insect identification.  They participate in educational efforts on everything from pond management to promoting less expensive ways to feed families through hunting and fishing.  They know it is essential to educate county officials on the expectations of the Chesapeake Bay WIP and the importance of the watershed association to the community.  They also had a record number of volunteers for their 11th annual WV Make It Shine Clean Up.  All of this and more is why Sleepy Creek received  the Perfect TEN award.

The Friends of Fish Award

Save The Tygart has worked over the years with partnering agencies to alleviate the effects of acid mine drainage on Three Forks Creek and Sandy Creek.  Their extensive volunteer monitoring and AMD intervention are leading them toward cleaner streams.  The monitoring program trains people from other watersheds as well as their own members.  They keep residents informed and are getting children and adults “hooked on fishing”. 

Pooper Snooper

 Piney Creek Watershed Association hosted a workshop entitled Microbial Source Tracking: From Dogs to DNA, Methods to Locate the Source of Bacteria Polluting Your Watershed.  They brought in Environmental Canine Services to demonstrate the use of dogs as a rapid screening method to detect human sewage in storm sewers and other water resources.  The information was presented to a diverse audience.  The effort led to several media discussions from public radio to local TV stations and has increased interest in bacteria tracking with others in the state.

 

Energizer Bunny

The Buckhannon River Watershed Association has been in existence since 2001 and continues to bounce along, educating the community and cleaning up their watershed.  Newsletters, their new web page, brochure, and attendance at various festivals and fairs help to get the word out on sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and disposal of unused medicines.  Work with the local high school and college continues, educating students on water sampling and analysis.  The group’s consistent and persistent work to clean up and educate the watershed makes the

“Energizer Bunny” award ideal for Buckhannon River WSA.

W.R.E.C.K Award

Although the title of this award is wreck, it is no accident what the Coal River Group has done to deserve this unique award.  W= Water, R= Recreation, E=Education C=Community and K=Kayak.  Not only do the letters signify the activities conducted by the Coal River Group, but the location of the letters is also important.  Notice that the E and C are in the center of the word, and represent that Education and Community are in the center of this group’s philosophy and action. Their emphasis on education and community is strongly supported by their activities on the river.  This year, CRG has sponsored river festivals, education contests, workshops and field trips for schoolchildren and has also incorporated college students into the program, providing internships for students.  CRG covers nearly 1,000 square miles, thus utilizes local “branches” to carry out the activities in the watershed.  This approach has been very successful in fostering community involvement as evidenced by their successful cleanup projects, community events and river trips.  The success of their education and community projects are partially due to their ability to utilize their resources in a fun and exciting way, encouraging the recreational use of the river through the river trail, walking paths and boardwalks.  One of their key accomplishments of the year was the purchase of a kayak and canoe rental business, allowing this group to get more people out on the river, and fund the sustainability of the nonprofit group.  We think you will agree that the WRECK award is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for the Coal River Group.

 

Guiding Light

This year’s Guiding Light Award is presented to Jen Osha-Buysse, Friends of Deckers Creek.  Jen works with FODC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) in conjunction with the Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA). MLA is located in the West Run watershed, a small, neighboring watershed that is troubled by stormwater runoff, acid mine drainage, and agricultural runoff. She has encouraged the Youth Advisory Board to host workshops that educate the MLA students about water quality and how to measure parameters such as pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. The MLA students now have started sampling a tributary of West Run that flows near their school. The Youth Advisory Board has hosted workshops to educate MLA students about other environmental issues that are prevalent in our local community. She also has coordinated a city-wide recycling program in local schools, many of which are outside the Deckers Creek watershed. FODC’s Youth Advisory Board has purchased recycling bins that have been installed in 11 local schools. Along with supplying the bins, they have taught students which items are recyclable and the positive impact recycling can have on our environment.

 

Watershed Association of the Year

The 2013 Watershed Association of the Year was awarded to Opequon Creek Project Team.  This is a group that is out and about and very busy.  They sponsor Make It Shine stream clean ups that provide improved recreational experience for the local residents who use the creek to canoe, kayak, wade, and fish.

 

Fun Floats are a part of their community education program to introduce residents to the beauty of the Creek and part of the effort to increase membership. Education Hollis Oak brings extra money and the knowledge of the importance of buffers to stakeholders throughout the watershed during the “Hollis Oak” tree sale.  They also have found value in presentations. At every buffer planting the president, briefs the participants on the value of the creek, the watershed, and organization’s mission. Members also have used the Project WET program to educate the young people attending events.

 

Volunteers participate in workshops and conferences by sharing their recent watershed experiences with the attendees and discussing storm water capture using a rain barrel display. They are always spreading the word about their work and their mission.  Guest speakers with local programs and opportunities are an important part of monthly meetings. 

 

This group talks about it and posts it.  They have installed a number of signs throughout the watershed. Partnerships have led to an interpretive sign installed on the Route 9 bike path just before it crosses the creek. The signs also discuss ways residents can help keep and restore the water quality in the watershed. "Public Access Don't Litter" signs were attached to the DNR signs at the three creek’s public access areas.

 

Planting trees has always been important to these volunteers and they have been responsible for planting over 3,000 new trees and shrubs. In addition to over 20 buffers installed in their watershed in the last 5 years, volunteers have pitched in to help with surrounding watershed buffer installation.

 

In addition to their own mission they are a part of two substantial long term projects of CVI/WVDEP in neighboring watersheds that include septic tank upgrades, tree plantings and planning for a dam removal to improve access for boaters and fisherman.   They also participated in WVDEP 2012 summer long environmental assessment of Back Creek. 

 

For this long list of accomplishments and the dedication of the volunteers the WV Watershed Network recognizes the Opequon Creek Project Team as the 2013 Watershed of the Year.



*See attachment for pictures! Attachments: 4224_WCD Winners Article.docx
2013 Energizer Bunny Award Presented to the Buckhannon River Watershed Association
 

Energizer Bunny

This group has been in existence since 2001 and continues to bounce along, educating the community and cleaning up their watershed.  Newsletters, their new web page, brochure, and attendance at various festivals and fairs help to get the word out on sedimentation, nonpoint source pollution and disposal of unused medicines.  Work with the local high school and college continues, educating students on water sampling and analysis.  The group’s consistent and persistent work to clean up and educate the watershed makes the

“Energizer Bunny” award ideal for the Buckhannon River Watershed Association.

 

Congratulations BRWA! Thanks for coming to WCD and all the work you do all year long to improve our streams and rivers.

The West Virginia Watershed Network

2013 W.R.E.C.K. Award Presented to the Coal River Group
 

W.R.E.C.K Award

Although the title of this award is wreck, it is no accident what this group has done to deserve this unique award.  W= Water, R= Recreation, E=Education C=Community and K=Kayak.  Not only do the letters signify the activities conducted by the Group, but the location of the letters is also important.  Notice that the E and C are in the center of the word, and represent that Education and Community are in the center of this group’s philosophy and action. Their emphasis on education and community is strongly supported by their activities on the river.  This year, the group has sponsored river festivals, education contests, workshops and field trips for schoolchildren and has also incorporated college students into the program, providing internships for students.  This group covers nearly 1,000 square miles, thus utilizes local “branches” to carry out the activities in the watershed.  This approach has been very successful in fostering community involvement as evidenced by their successful cleanup projects, community events and river trips.  The success of their education and community projects are partially due to their ability to  utilize their resources in a fun and exciting way, encouraging the recreational use of the river through the river trail, walking paths and boardwalks.  One of their key accomplishments of the year was the purchase of a kayak and canoe rental business, allowing this group to get more people out on the river, and fund the sustainability of the nonprofit group.  I think you will agree that the WRECK award is an appropriate and well-deserved honor for the Coal River Group.

 

Congratulations CRG! Thanks for coming to WCD and all the work you do all year long to improve our streams and rivers.

The West Virginia Watershed Network

How to Develop a Water Trail Power Point Presentation
How to Develop a Water Trail
Bill Robinson, State Trail Coordinator
WV Department of Transportation
Attachments: 3636_WVDOH_water_trail_designation.pptx
Coal River Group's Water Trail Experience PowerPoint Presentation
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
Coal River Group's Water Trail Experience
Bill Currey, Chairman, Coal River Group Attachments: 3601.3601_Basic CRG Presentation 9-8-12.ppt
How to Develop a Water Trail PowerPoint Presentation
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day
How to Develop a Water Trail
Peggy Pings, NPS - Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
Attachments: 3600_WCD-WaterTrails_PPings_9-3-2012.ppt
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program.
*Please see attachment. Attachments: 3599_2012 WCD Program.pdf
14th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced

Tornado- For the fourteenth year, watershed groups from all across West Virginia were recognized by the West Virginia Watershed Network for their efforts in protecting and restoring local watersheds. 

Over 100 volunteers and resource providers attended Watershed Celebration Day on September 7 and 8, 2012. The event was hosted by the Coal River Group at their Science and Education Center in Tornado WV.  The theme and program were developed around information on river trails.  On Friday volunteers had the opportunity to paddle the Coal River and experience the Coal River Walhonde Water Trail first hand with a guided trip by Bill Simmons the owner of Coal River Kayak and Canoe Rental.  Others hiked through the Barnett Conservation Preserve and fished from the banks of the river at Meadowood Park.  Friday night volunteers were treated to dinner and a Contra dance workshop provided by the Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music.  On Saturday, the West Virginia Watershed Network organized speakers to describe the process of how to create a river trail and recognized 16 watershed groups and one individual for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection. 

“After all of these years watershed volunteers are still excited to come out to talk with one another and learn about new programs and projects that they can take home to their watersheds.” said Jennifer Pauer, Watershed Basin Coordinator for the WV Department of Environmental Protection.  “It is also nice that volunteers get to be recognized in front of their peers for the work they have done all year.  These folks volunteer because they care about our natural resources and are willing to give their time for that cause.  West Virginia is lucky to have them.”   

 

This year the highest honor went to Warm Springs Run Watershed Association from Berkeley Springs WV.  The volunteers were recognized for their ability to create partnerships, to spread the word on how good streams go bad, and their foresight to take a proactive approach by developing a comprehensive watershed restoration plan.    The Warm Springs Run Watershed Association was named the 2012 Watershed Association of the Year. 

Other Watershed Associations were recognized for their work in the following categories:

Partners

·         North Fork Watershed Association, Davis

·         Plateau Action Network, Fayetteville

Project Implementation

·         Coal River Group, St. Albans

·         Opequon Creek Project Team, Martinsburg

·         Sleepy Creek Watershed Association,  Berkeley Springs

Outreach and Education

·         Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Buckhannon

·         Friends of Deckers Creek, Morgantown

·         Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River, Alderson

·         Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg

·         Morris Creek Watershed Association, Montgomery

·         Piney Creek Watershed Association, Beckley

Monitoring

·         Davis Creek Watershed Association, Charleston

·         Friends of the Cheat, Kingwood

            Guiding Light

·         Sarah Veselka, Friends of Deckers Creek

  • New Watershed Association of the Year
    Blue Ridge Watershed Association

Sponsors for this year’s event include Dominion Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Appalachian Coal Country Team,  Coal River Group, Evans Insurance Agency Inc., Capitol Conservation District, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Elk  Conservation District, Greenbrier Valley Conservation District, Guyan Conservation District, Little Kanawha Conservation District, Monongahela Conservation District, Northern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, Southern Conservation District, Tygarts Valley Conservation District, Upper Ohio Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Western Conservation District, National Park Service- Rivers and trails Program, US Office of Surface Mining,  West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Division of Highways, and West Virginia Watershed Resource Center.

The West Virginia Watershed Network is an informal association of interests with a mission to collaboratively support efforts and provide resources necessary to empower local residents to make decisions for sustainable management of their resources.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pauer at (304) 389-1509.

13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Program
Attachments: 3018_2011 WCD Program.pdf
13th Annual Watershed Celebration Day Winners Announced
Attachments: 3017.General PR WCD 2011.pdf
Warm Springs Watershed Association - Partnerships
Attachments: 3016.Warm SpringsWatershed Association - Partners.pdf
Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association - Partnerships
Attachments: 3015.Upper Guyandotte WSA - Partners.pdf
Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association
Attachments: 3014_Upper Guyandotte WSA - Partners.docx
Sleepy Creek Watershed Association - Project Implementation
Attachments: 3013.Sleepy Creek WSA - Project Implementation.pdf
Piney Creek Watershed Association - Monitoring
Attachments: 3012.Piney Creek - Monitoring.pdf
Opequon Creek Watershed Association - Partnerships
Attachments: 3011.Opequon Creek Project Team - Partners.pdf
Morris Creek Watershed Association - Outreach & Education
Attachments: 3010.Morris Creek- Outreach.pdf
Mike King, Morris Creek WSA - Guiding Light
Attachments: 3009.Mike King - Guiding Light.pdf
Meadow River Watershed Association - Partnerships
Attachments: 3008.Meadow River WSA- Partners.pdf
McDowell County Wastewater Coalition - Project Implementation
Attachments: 3007.McDowell County Wastewater Coalition - Project.pdf
Indian Creek Watershed Association - Outreach & Education
Attachments: 3006.Indian Creek WSA - Outreach and Education.pdf
Friends of the Lower Greenbrier - Outreach & Education
Attachments: 3005.Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River - Outreach and Education.pdf
Friends of Deckers Creek - Watershed of the Year
Attachments: 3004.Friends of Deckers Creek - WSA of the Year.pdf
Elks Run Study Committe - Project Implementation
Attachments: 3003.Elks Run Study Committee - Project Implementation.pdf
Coal River Group - Watershed of the Year
Attachments: 3002.Coal River Group - WSA of the Year.pdf
Buckhannon River WSA - Outreach & Education Award
Attachments: 3001.Buckhannon River WSA - Outreach and Education.pdf


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