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The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), one of the original CBP Federal partners, has the critical role to provide unbiased scientific information that is utilized to formulate, implement, and assess the effectiveness of restoration goals. The USGS Chesapeake Bay Science Program is meeting these needs through a combination of research, monitoring, modeling, and interaction with the partners in the CBP and the Department of Interior (DOI).
The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science for Schools web site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
The Plateau Action Network: "A nonprofit citizens coalition working within the community to promote responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management."
These pages provide access to water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Online access to this data is organized around the categories listed to the left. The USGS investigates the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters and disseminates the data to the public, State and local governments, public and private utilities, and other Federal agencies involved with managing our water resources.
Welcome to the BEN portal, which provides access to resources from BEN Collaborative partner organizations and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Cacapon Institute - using science and education to help concerned citizens protect and enjoy the Cacapon, Potomac, and other Appalachian watersheds.
The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board has convened a study group to provide assistance and recommendations for developing nutrient criteria for nutrient parameters for inclusion in the Water Quality Standards Rule (46 CSR 1 - Requirements Governing Water Quality Standards). Beginning in June 2002, this group was charged with the development of a Nutrient Criteria Plan, that outlined a systematic approach to developing nutrient criteria, for submission to Region 3, USEPA. Following development of that plan in 2002, the study group known as the WV Nutrient Criteria Committee (NCC) was further charged with development of nutrient criteria in accordance with the timetable and approach outlined in that plan.
Contractors Association of West Virginia
The Friends of the Cheat promotes partnerships and coalition building to pursue our mission "To restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River Watershed."
The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups.
The Coal River Group has been formed to "Preserve History, Develop Tourism and Recreation on the Great Coal River". The mission statement of the group is based on building value for an often overlooked and misunderstood river that flows through two basins in Boone, Lincoln and Kanawha Counties. The river offers a plethora of opportunities that recreational enthusiasts and tourists are easily drawn too. An overlooked asset of this magnitude can provide an economic engine to grow the areas economy if it is fully understood and appreciated by the public, Government and Industry. Creating this understanding and working to provide the infrastructure needed to capitalize on the rivers inherent economic values is the foundation of the CRG’s efforts.
Friends of Deckers Creek: To improve the natural qualities of, increase public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek watershed.
Dunkard Creek Watershed Association: The DCWA promotes the historic and environmental importance of the beautiful Dunkard Creek watershed and especially the creek itself, because it is the heart of the community at large and a recreational resource for the past 200 years.
The Eastern Coal Regional Roundtable (ECRR) was established to be a helping hand for grass-roots watershed groups striving to provide solutions to environmental problems in Appalachia's coal country. Recognizing that these groups often experience similar challenges, ECRR provides informational resources to watershed groups so they can more effectively deal with those challenges. Funding is normally at the top of the list of needs, so ECRR regularly researches grant opportunities and funding sources and disseminates relevant information to hundreds of groups over its 9 state service area. Our mission statement provides a more comprehensive description of ECRR's role in Appalachia's environmental community.
EE-Link ~ Environmental Education on the Internet, a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education. Browse and search this site for a wealth of information and links on Environmental Education!!
The OWOW Sustainable Finance Team has launched a new "Watershed Funding" section of EPA's Web site. The new pages contain links to tools, databases, and resources about grants, funding and fundraising. The Web site is designed to help nonprofit watershed organizations, state and local governments, and funders (such as foundations) more easily find information on how to effectively obtain and invest resources to improve watershed health.
The site has educational games, activities and nice tours of two estuaries. Show kids how to make a difference in their communities and watersheds.
EPA's Office of Water has published a guide to watershed management to help various organizations develop and implement watershed plans. The Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters is aimed toward communities, watershed groups, and local, state, tribal, and federal environmental agencies.
Located near Shepherdstown, WV, the Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute combines applied research, engineering design, and economic development strategies to demonstrate a new vision of conservation that achieves a balance between economic growth and environmental goals.
US Forest Service
The Greenbrier River should be saved as a legacy. It is an essential part of our lives that enriches and inspires us. The river watershed is a unique ecosystem with rich varieties of aquatic, riparian, and upland wildlife, tributaries, farmland, forest, people, and communities. Our purpose is to promote the maintenance, preservation, protection and restoration of the ecological integrity of the Greenbrier River and its watershed.
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater.
Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River: To restore a healthy, productive, diverse, and economically viable watershed. This can only be achieved with a community based ecosystem approach to planning. To promote ecological restoration as a means to sustain diversity of life on earth and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.
Books on natural and cultural history
The North Fork Watershed Project, established in August of 2002, is committed to working with the community to find creative solutions to this problem. Solutions to the water pollution will take into account the rich cultural resources in the watershed. The area boomed in the early part of the 1900’s with the coal mining and timber industries. These industries are gone leaving these adverse environmental impacts as well as many historical landmarks. Some of the watershed project’s goals include coordinating historical and educational projects and working with state and federal agencies to improve water quality in the North Fork and the amount of life the river can sustain.
The Potomac Conservancy conducts a comprehensive land protection program; develops and implements a variety of land and water restoration projects; provides counseling and other conservation support services for more than 70 other land trusts across four states and the District of Columbia; provides meaningful, hands-on volunteer and education programs for adults and young people to foster a stewardship ethic; and partners with other land trusts, conservation organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies to more efficiently and expeditiously achieve land protection and restoration goals.
The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) is an interstate compact commission established by Congress in 1940 to help the Potomac basin states and the federal government to enhance, protect, and conserve the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River basin through regional and interstate cooperation.
Potomac Riverkeeper was formed by citizens and conservation leaders out of concern for the need to respond to multiple threats with a single independent advocate dedicated to protecting The Potomac River and its tributaries. Their MISSION is to protect and restore the Potomac River, from its headwaters in West Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay, through citizen action, advocacy and enforcement.
River Network's Mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds. They envision a nation whose rivers are cared for by those who use them and live in their watershed. Their constituency is comprised of grassroots river and watershed conservation organizations, public agencies, tribal governments and coalitions, and other working to save freshwater ecosystems.
The mission of Friends of Blackwater is to protect the West Virginia Highlands, the Blackwater River watershed, the Blackwater Canyon...West Virginia's Crown Jewel.
The Sleepy Creek Watershed Association's mission is to protect and preserve Sleepy Creek and its watershed and to educate the community on the value of this precious natural resource in Morgan County, WV.
RFP for Project FLOW
In 2003, the WV office of the USDA-NRCS joined with 30 other state and federal water quality agencies in West Virginia to sign a resolution to carry out a cooperative watershed approach through the West Virginia Watershed Management Framework. The vision of the Framework is coordinating efforts to enhance, preserve, and protect the state’s water quality for the benefit of all citizens. The benefits include maintaining public health; providing diversified recreational, educational, and scientific uses; and allowing economic growth while maintaining ecological and biological integrity.
WV Division of Natural Resources
The mission of the West Virginia Environmental Council is to facilitate communication and cooperation among citizens in promoting environmental protection in West Virginia, to assist in organizing grass roots groups, to facilitate interaction among established environmental organizations, and to correspond with all appropriate local, state, and federal agencies involved in the management of West Virginia's environment.
West Virginia Equipment, Technology and Design Exposition: West Virginia's only Trade Show for the Construction, Engineering, and Architectural Industries!
Formed in 1967 to preserve the natural beauty of the West Virginia Highlands, the Conservancy is the state's oldest environmental advocacy organization. The WVHC has been instrumental in creation of the Monongahela National Forest Wilderness areas and in preventing the destruction of Canaan Valley. The Conservancy is currently campaigning for additional National Forest Wilderness in West Virginia and participating in the current and crucial Mon Forest replanning.


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