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  • Rivers: Lifeblood of the Mountains

    By Brian Hurley, Executive Director of the Friends of Deckers Creek, Morgantown, West Virginia WV rivers great and small are a tremendous draw to the mountain state.  If you talk to a merchant, they will probably talk about the Ohio, the Monongahela, or the Kanawha rivers.  A whitewater rafting enthusiast will most likely talk about the Gauley River or the New River.  A trout angler will probably speak of the Elk River or the North Fork Potomac River.  A photographer might mention Blackwater falls or Glade Creek Grist Mill.  Each river user would likely talk of their preferred River’s beauty in similar terms; lush tree covered mountains, birds of prey soaring overhead and small towns nestled among stunning forests. Four different examples of people using the WV Rivers for four very different purposes, yet a similar appreciation of the deep mountain valleys split by wandering waters,  albeit, with varying levels of adrenalin.  Adrenalin fueled or not, the WV River’s experience unites all kinds of river users industrial, recreational and scenic.  They truly are the lifeblood of the mountains, of West Virginians, of vacationers and everyone downstream. The WV rivers are a common thread among those that rely on it for work, for play, for irrigation, for drinking water and for relaxation.  Industrialists and conservationists alike can happily agree on clean water to fish in, to move product in, to drink from, to instill awe and wonderment in their kids and grandkids.  It is a common thread that we can all agree on. The proposed West Virginia Scenic Rivers Act (2025) is not about slowing development and limiting economic prosperity, it is about keeping everyone’s experience with WV’s rivers, great and small, everything that it is.  It is a path to unite us, much like the rivers we all share. Brian Hurley is the Executive Director of the Friends of Deckers Creek in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Friends of Deckers Creek mission is to improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek Watershed. Deckers Creek is a scenic tributary to the Monongahela River in north central West Virginia. From its headwaters outside the historic town of Arthurdale, Deckers Creek meanders through Preston County into Monongalia County, where it descends through a steep scenic gorge. This beautiful section of Deckers Creek is filled with waterfalls, boulders, and rockslides, contains world class kayaking, and is frequented by kayakers, rock climbers, bikers and swimmers. From the gorge, Deckers Creek passes through several communities into Morgantown, West Virginia, where it empties into the Monongahela River. To learn how to help the Friends of Deckers Creek fulfill its mission, to become a member, or to donate a gift, go to their website, www.deckerscreek.org. Image Description: This unnamed tributary to Bull Run of the Cheat river is a small creek that has tremendous potential for a healthy stream ecosystem and deep forested beauty.  It currently runs red with acid mine drainage, but is in consideration for the long process of remediation.  Even with its discolored rocks, its forested streambanks make for striking pictures.

  • A Primer: West Virginia Scenic Rivers Act (Part 2 - How Rivers Are Designated)

    Image Description: An out of the way tributary of the Greenbrier River. Part 1 of the Primer explained the three different categories of quality rivers that can be designated in the State Scenic Rivers system: wild, scenic and recreational. Part 2 explains the process of how worthy rivers are nominated and approved as a scenic river or stream. Rivers are considered for their Outstanding Remarkable Values, or ORVs. ORVs include geologic, archeologic, recreational, scenic, historic, cultural, fishing and hunting, hydrologic, and scientific. Most rivers considered for inclusion in the scenic rivers system will have several of these ORVs, which strengthens their candidacies. For each river proposed, a detailed report/application must be drafted for submission to the Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) for review. The proposal specifies the category of the proposed stream or river (wild, scenic, recreational) and accompanied by a detailed report on the outstanding remarkable values which make the river or stream a worthy addition to the state scenic rivers system. Such studies and proposals can be prepared within the WVDNR, by other agencies, or by citizen groups working independently or in coordination with the WVDNR. All proposals will be reviewed by all affected state and federal agencies for comment. All proposals, at a minimum, must identify the proposed river or stream segment, the recommended designation, the characteristics which qualify the river or stream, or segment thereof for designation (ORVs), the general ownership and land use along the stream or river, and the estimated costs of land acquisition (if agreed upon between the WVDNR and the landowner), and all WVDNR administrative costs for managing the proposed stream or river as part of the Scenic Rivers System. The Director will the final authority in designating a stream or river. After the Director has decided that a proposed stream or river should be included in the state scenic rivers system, a public meeting will be held with local officials and citizens for comment.

  • A Primer: West Virginia Scenic Rivers Act (Part 1 - River Classifications)

    Image Description: A shoreline along the Cheat River stained orange by acid mine drainage from an abandoned mine. The water is dramatically cleaner but the scars remain. In August (2023), I received a phone call from State Senator Mike Caputo (D-Marion). He had just finished reading a draft of the West Virginia Scenic Rivers Act of 2024 and wanted to introduce the bill in the January 2024 legislative session. So, what is this bill all about? What does it say? First and foremost, the bill is about protecting and promoting our state's most delicate and scenic rivers and streams, just as the homepage implies. The bill recognizes that certain West Virginia stream and rivers possess outstanding scenic, recreational, geological, fish and wildlife, botanical, historical, archeological and other scientific and cultural values of great present and future benefit to the people. The bill advocates clean water (who doesn't want clean, drinkable water), promotes tourism and recreational activities in a clean and healthy environment, and protects the state's natural wanders for all to enjoy. The West Virginia Scenic Rivers Act (let's just call it the WVSRA) proposes three classifications of select streams and rivers: wild rivers, scenic rivers and recreational rivers. Wild rivers, or wild river areas, pertain to a very select few rivers, or sections of rivers. These rivers represent the last remaining vestiges of untouched, pristine rivers in the state; they represent primitive West Virginia. It is important to keep these rivers from pollution and keep them free-flowing (no dams or impoundments) so that native wildlife, plant life and aquatic life can thrive in their natural habitat. These areas will attract environmental tourism and scientific research, among other things. Scenic rivers are considered free-flowing (no dams or impoundments) rivers or sections of rivers, with lands adjacent to them partially or predominantly used for agriculture or other uncongested (dispersed) human activities. In order to be qualified as a scenic river, the lands adjacent to them should not detract from the public use and enjoyment of the rivers and their shores. The bill allows lands adjacent to a designated scenic river to remain in the type of use existing at the time of designation, or else be allowed to revert to natural conditions. Recreational rivers have been impacted by man-made development but still possess actual or potential scenic values. These are rivers have been impacted by housing or other development near their shorelines, rivers that have roads or railroads running parallel to them, rivers that have some impoundments or obstructions, and rivers that are polluted, for example, by acid mine drainage, strip-mine or mountain-top removal, and commercial timbering. It is the goal of this legislation to try to prevent further loss of scenic values to these rivers, to improve the scenic aspects of their surroundings, and to restore the quality of the waters. Part 2 of the WVSRA Primer will address how rivers are designated and included in the bill. Stay tuned.

  • Discover the Hidden Gems: West Virginia's Rivers

    Are you looking for a new adventure? A place where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and experience the tranquility of flowing rivers? Look no further than West Virginia's rivers, where hidden gems await your discovery. West Virginia is known for its stunning landscapes, and its rivers are no exception. With clear blue waters reflecting the sunlight, surrounded by lush green trees and majestic mountains, these rivers offer a picturesque setting that will take your breath away. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, West Virginia's rivers have something for everyone. One of the best ways to explore these hidden gems is by embarking on a whitewater river tour. There are several tour companies that offer guided trips on the New River, the Gauley River, and the Cheat River, allowing you to navigate the rivers and witness their beauty up close. From kayaking and canoeing to paddleboarding and rafting, there are plenty of options to choose from. These tours not only provide an exhilarating experience but also offer a unique perspective on the surrounding landscape. If you prefer a more leisurely experience, you can opt for a scenic hike along the riverbanks. Many of these trails are well-maintained from abandoned railroad lines (rail trails), and offer stunning views of the rivers and their surroundings. As you walk along the trail, you'll have the opportunity to spot wildlife, listen to the soothing sounds of the flowing water, and take in the serenity of nature. For those who enjoy fishing, West Virginia's rivers are a paradise. With an abundance of fish species, including trout, bass, and catfish, these rivers offer excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, you'll find plenty of spots to cast your line and reel in a catch. Just make sure to check the fishing regulations and obtain the necessary permits before you start. In addition to the recreational activities, West Virginia's rivers also play a vital role in conservation efforts. They provide habitat for a diverse range of plant and animal species, some of which are endangered or threatened. By visiting these rivers and supporting conservation initiatives, you can contribute to the preservation of these precious ecosystems. As you plan your visit to West Virginia's rivers, make sure to check the weather conditions and pack accordingly. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water to stay hydrated. Don't forget your camera to capture the breathtaking views and memories that will last a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Discover the hidden gems of West Virginia's rivers and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Whether you choose to explore by kayak, hike along the riverbanks, or cast your line for a fishing adventure, you're sure to create unforgettable experiences. Come and experience the tranquility and natural beauty that West Virginia's rivers have to offer.

  • A Call to Action: Supporting the West Virginia State Scenic Rivers Act of 2024

    A Call to Action: Supporting the West Virginia State Scenic River System Image Description: A scenic view of Brush Creek in Mercer County, West Virginia, flowing through a lush green valley on its way to the Bluestone National River. The river is surrounded by tall trees and mountains in the background. The water is clear and calm, reflecting the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The image captures the tranquility and natural beauty of West Virginia's rivers, highlighting the need to support the passage of the West Virginia State Scenic River Act of 2024. West Virginia is home to some of the most breathtaking rivers in the United States. From the tranquil flow of the Bluestone National River to the majestic New River Gorge National Park, these waterways are not only a source of natural beauty but also play a vital role in the state's ecosystem. That is why it is crucial to support the establishment of a West Virginia State Scenic River System. A State Scenic River System would provide legal protection and preservation for these rivers, ensuring that they remain pristine for future generations to enjoy. It would also promote responsible tourism and outdoor recreation, boosting the local economy and creating jobs in the process. Here are a few reasons why supporting the State Scenic River System is essential: 1. Conservation: West Virginia's rivers are home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. By establishing a State Scenic River System, we can protect these habitats and ensure the survival of these species for years to come. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of our natural resources and preserve them for future generations. 2. Tourism: The beauty of West Virginia's rivers attracts thousands of tourists each year. By promoting the State Scenic River System, we can attract even more visitors who are interested in outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, hunting, whitewater rafting, and hiking. This influx of tourists will not only benefit local businesses but also contribute to the overall economic growth of the state. 3. Recreation: West Virginia's rivers offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you enjoy fishing, boating, or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, these waterways provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. By supporting the West Virginia State Scenic Rivers Act of 2024, we can ensure that these recreational opportunities are preserved and accessible to all. So, how can you support the establishment of a West Virginia State Scenic River System? Here are a few tips: 1. Educate Yourself: Learn about the importance of rivers in West Virginia and the benefits of a State Scenic River System. Stay informed about current legislation and initiatives related to river conservation. 2. Spread the Word: Share information about the State Scenic River System with your friends, family, and community. Use social media platforms, organize local events, or write letters to your local representatives to raise awareness about the cause. 3. Get Involved: Join local conservation organizations or volunteer for river clean-up events. By actively participating in these initiatives, you can make a tangible difference in the preservation of West Virginia's rivers. 4. Support Local Businesses: When visiting West Virginia, choose to support local businesses that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility. By doing so, you contribute to the local economy while also promoting the importance of river conservation. In conclusion, supporting the establishment of a West Virginia State Scenic River System through passage of the West Virginia State Scenic Rivers Act of 2024 is crucial for the preservation of our natural resources, the promotion of tourism, and the enhancement of outdoor recreational opportunities. By educating ourselves, spreading the word, getting involved, and supporting local businesses, we can all play a part in protecting the beauty of West Virginia's rivers for generations to come. Together, let's answer the call to action and support the 2024 West Virginia State Scenic Rivers Act.

  • Preserving Nature's Beauty: West Virginia's River Conservation Efforts

    Preserving Nature's Beauty: West Virginia's River Conservation Efforts Image Description: Lower portion of Buckhorn Run waterfall along the Cheat River between Rowlesburg and Kingwood. This largely unknown, unseen, majestic waterfall drops nearly 200 feet from its top at C&O railroad tracks to its confluence with the Cheat River. Leaves during the summer make it difficult to see. West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, and its rivers are no exception. From the roaring rapids of the Gauley River to the tranquil waters of the Greenbrier River, these waterways are not only a source of recreation and tourism but also play a vital role in the ecosystem. That's why it is crucial to preserve and conserve these rivers for future generations to enjoy. Conservation efforts in West Virginia have been ongoing for years, with organizations like The Friends of the Cheat, the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Those West Virginia Rivers, and many, many more, leading the charge. These organizations work tirelessly to raise public awareness about the importance of river conservation and advocate for the enactment of legislation for a West Virginia State Scenic River System. So, how can we as individuals contribute to these conservation efforts? Here are a few examples, thoughts, and tips: 1. Practice Leave No Trace: When visiting West Virginia's rivers, it's essential to leave no trace behind. Pack out your trash, respect wildlife and vegetation, and follow designated trails. By practicing Leave No Trace principles, we can minimize our impact on the environment and help preserve the natural beauty of these rivers. 2. Support Local Conservation and Watershed Organizations: Consider donating your time or money to local conservation organizations. These organizations rely on the support of individuals like you to continue their important work. Whether it's volunteering for river cleanups or attending fundraising events, every contribution makes a difference. 3. Educate Yourself and Others: Take the time to learn about the rivers in West Virginia and their significance. Educate yourself about the threats they face, such as pollution and habitat destruction, and share this knowledge with others. By spreading awareness, we can inspire more people to take action and join the cause. 4. Get Involved in Advocacy: Contact your local representatives and voice your support for the creation of a West Virginia State Scenic River System. Advocate for stronger legislation to protect these rivers and ensure their preservation for future generations. Your voice matters, and together, we can make a difference. 5. Explore Responsibly: When enjoying West Virginia's rivers, be mindful of your impact. Avoid disturbing wildlife, stay on designated paths, and follow any regulations or guidelines in place. By exploring responsibly, we can minimize our impact and help preserve the natural beauty of these rivers for years to come. West Virginia's rivers are not just a source of beauty and recreation; they are a vital part of our ecosystem. By preserving and conserving these rivers, we are not only protecting their natural beauty but also ensuring the health and well-being of the surrounding environment. Let's all do our part to support river conservation efforts in West Virginia and preserve nature's beauty for future generations.

  • Unlocking the Secrets: Exploring West Virginia's River Wildlife

    Unlocking the Secrets: Exploring West Virginia's River Wildlife Image Description: A stunning photograph of a bald eagle keeping watch along Simpson Creek in Harrison County. The image above, represents a common scene along wild West Virginia rivers, where a variety of wildlife can be seen, including a majestic bald eagle soaring overhead, a family of deer drinking from the river, and a playful otter splashing in the water. This image represents the diverse and thriving ecosystem found along West Virginia's rivers, inviting readers to explore and appreciate the rich wildlife that calls these rivers home. West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, and its rivers are no exception. These waterways are not only a source of recreation and tourism but also home to a diverse array of wildlife. Today, we invite you to unlock the secrets of West Virginia's river wildlife and discover the wonders that lie beneath the surface. One of the most iconic creatures you may encounter along West Virginia's rivers is the majestic bald eagle. These magnificent birds of prey can often be seen soaring high above the water, their keen eyes scanning for fish. If you're lucky, you may witness the awe-inspiring sight of a bald eagle swooping down to snatch its prey from the river's surface. Keep your camera ready, as capturing a photo of these regal birds in action is a true testament to the beauty of nature. As you explore the riverbanks, you may come across a family of deer enjoying a drink from the cool, clear water. These graceful creatures are a common sight in West Virginia, and their presence adds a touch of tranquility to the riverside. Take a moment to observe their gentle movements and appreciate the harmony between wildlife and their natural habitat. For those who prefer a more playful encounter, keep an eye out for the elusive otter. These mischievous creatures are known for their playful nature and can often be seen frolicking in the water. Watch as they dive, twist, and turn, leaving behind a trail of splashes and laughter. The otter's presence is a reminder of the joy and freedom that can be found in the wild. While the bald eagle, deer, and otter are just a few examples of the wildlife you may encounter along West Virginia's rivers, they represent the rich diversity that exists within this ecosystem. From the smallest insects to the largest mammals, each creature plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of nature. As you embark on your journey to explore West Virginia's river wildlife, remember to respect and preserve the natural environment. Follow designated trails, refrain from disturbing wildlife, and leave no trace of your visit. By doing so, you contribute to the conservation efforts and ensure that future generations can also enjoy the wonders of West Virginia's rivers. So, grab your camera, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to unlock the secrets of West Virginia's river wildlife. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a wildlife photographer, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world, the rivers of West Virginia offer an unforgettable experience. Come and witness the magic for yourself.

  • The Ultimate Guide to West Virginia's Scenic River System

    The Ultimate Guide to West Virginia's Scenic River System Image Description: Whitewater rafters taking a break on the New River before running the last set of Class V rapids near the New River Gorge Bridge, New River Gorge National Park. The New River invites adventurers of all ages to explore its beauty and experience a lifetime memory of adventure. Welcome to Those West Virginia Rivers' ultimate guide to West Virginia's scenic river system! If you're a nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of untouched landscapes, you're in for a treat. West Virginia is home to some of the most breathtaking rivers in the country, and we're here to help you make the most of your experience. 1. Explore the Rivers: West Virginia's scenic river system offers a wide range of activities for all levels of adventure seekers. Whether you're into kayaking, fishing, mountain or simply enjoying a leisurely float, there's something for everyone. Take the time to research the different rivers and their unique characteristics to find the perfect fit for your interests and skill level. 2. Plan Your Trip: Before embarking on your river adventure, it's important to plan ahead. Check the weather forecast, pack appropriate gear, and make sure you have all the necessary permits and licenses. Additionally, consider the length and difficulty of the river you plan to explore, and make sure you have enough time and resources to complete your journey safely. 3. Respect the Environment: West Virginia's rivers are not only beautiful but also fragile ecosystems. It's crucial to practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment. Pack out all your trash, avoid disturbing wildlife, and be mindful of the plants and trees along the riverbanks. By respecting the environment, we can ensure that future generations can enjoy the same pristine beauty. 4. Support Conservation Efforts: Those West Virginia Rivers is dedicated to advocating for the protection and preservation of West Virginia's wild rivers. Consider supporting local conservation organizations and initiatives that work towards the enactment of legislation for a West Virignia State Scenic River System. Your support can make a significant difference in preserving these natural wonders for future generations. 5. Capture the Moment: Don't forget to bring your camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of West Virginia's scenic river system. Whether you're an amateur photographer or simply want to document your experience, the stunning landscapes and wildlife provide endless opportunities for breathtaking shots. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #WVScenicRivers to inspire others to explore and appreciate these natural wonders. In conclusion, West Virginia's scenic river system is a treasure waiting to be explored. From the crystal-clear waters to the towering mountains, the beauty of these rivers is unparalleled. By following these tips and guidelines, you can make the most of your experience while also contributing to the preservation of these natural wonders. So grab your gear, plan your trip, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure along West Virginia's scenic rivers. Happy exploring!

  • From Source to Sea: Tracing the Journey of West Virginia's Rivers

    From Source to Sea: Tracing the Journey of West Virginia's Rivers Welcome to Those West Virginia Rivers, where we are passionate about the conservation, tourism, and recreation opportunities that our beautiful rivers have to offer. In this blog post, we will take you on a journey along the rivers of West Virginia, from their source to the sea, exploring the scenic landscapes they pass through and the various recreational activities they provide. Let's start at the source of these magnificent rivers. West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural springs and streams that eventually form our rivers. These pristine water sources are the lifeblood of our rivers, providing clean and clear water for both wildlife and humans to enjoy. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty and serenity of these sources, as they are the beginning of the incredible journey our rivers take. As our rivers flow downstream, they carve their way through breathtaking landscapes. From the rugged mountains of the Appalachian range and the Monongahela National Forest to the rolling hills and valleys, West Virginia's rivers offer a diverse range of scenery to explore. Whether you prefer a leisurely float down a calm river or an adrenaline-pumping whitewater adventure, our rivers have something for everyone. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of our rivers is through recreational activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Imagine gliding along the gentle currents, surrounded by lush greenery and the sounds of nature. Or casting your line into the crystal-clear waters, hoping to catch a trophy fish. The possibilities are endless, and the experiences are truly unforgettable. But it's not just about the recreational opportunities. Our rivers also play a vital role in supporting a diverse ecosystem. They provide habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species, some of which are unique to West Virginia. By conserving and protecting our rivers, we are ensuring the survival of these precious ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. That's why we advocate for the establishment of a West Virginia State Scenic River System. This system would provide additional protection and recognition for our rivers, ensuring that they remain pristine and accessible for years to come. We believe that by raising public awareness and knowledge about West Virginia's wild rivers, we can inspire others to join us in our mission to preserve and protect these natural treasures. So, whether you're a local resident or a visitor from afar, we invite you to explore the rivers of West Virginia. Immerse yourself in the beauty of these waterways and let them captivate your senses. Join us in advocating for the establishment of a West Virginia State Scenic River System, through passage of the West Virginia State Scenic Rivers Act 2024, and together, we can ensure that these rivers continue to flow freely, providing endless opportunities for conservation, tourism, and recreation. Visit our website for more information about West Virginia's rivers, tourism activities, and ways to get involved in our conservation efforts. Together, let's celebrate and protect the incredible journey of West Virginia's rivers, from source to sea.

  • Unleash Your Adventurous Side: Explore West Virginia's Rivers

    Unleash Your Adventurous Side: Explore West Virginia's Rivers Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the heart of nature? Look no further than the breathtaking rivers of West Virginia. With their crystal-clear waters, lush green forests, and thrilling rapids, these rivers offer the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Whether you're a seasoned kayaker or a first-time rafter, exploring West Virginia's rivers will awaken your adventurous spirit and leave you with memories to last a lifetime. One of the best ways to experience the beauty and excitement of West Virginia's rivers is through kayaking. Imagine gliding through the water, surrounded by the vibrant colors of the surrounding landscape. As you navigate the gentle currents, you'll have the opportunity to observe the diverse wildlife that calls these rivers home. From graceful herons to playful otters, the rivers of West Virginia are teeming with life. So grab your kayak and get ready to immerse yourself in nature's playground. If you're looking for a more adrenaline-pumping experience, white-water rafting is the way to go. West Virginia is known for its thrilling rapids, which provide the perfect challenge for adventure seekers. As you navigate the twists and turns of the river, you'll feel the rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins. The thrill of conquering each rapid will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and a hunger for more. So gather your friends, strap on your life jackets, and get ready for an exhilarating ride. But exploring West Virginia's rivers isn't just about the adventure. It's also about connecting with nature and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us. Take a moment to pause and soak in the serenity of the riverbanks. Listen to the gentle sounds of the water as it flows downstream. Observe the vibrant colors of the surrounding forests and let them inspire you. These rivers are not just a playground; they are a sanctuary, a place where we can escape the chaos of everyday life and find peace in the embrace of nature. As you embark on your river adventure, remember to prioritize safety. Always wear a life jacket and make sure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the rivers safely. Respect the environment and leave no trace behind. By doing so, you'll not only protect the rivers for future generations but also ensure that others can continue to enjoy their beauty. So what are you waiting for? Unleash your adventurous side and explore West Virginia's rivers. Whether you choose to kayak, raft, or simply sit by the riverbanks and soak in the beauty, these rivers will leave you with a sense of awe and wonder. They are a testament to the power and beauty of nature, and by experiencing them firsthand, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the world around us. So grab your gear, gather your friends, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. West Virginia's rivers are waiting for you.

  • Protecting West Virginia's Rivers: Why It Matters

    Protecting West Virginia's Rivers: Why It Matters Image Description: In 1994, acid mine drainage from an abandoned mine blowout near Albright, Preston County, West Virginia flowed from Muddy Creek into the Cheat River, almost decimating river life and taking decades for the river to recover. Through efforts from organizations like the Friends of the Cheat, the river has miraculously returned to life. But the threat of further acid mine drainage from abandoned remain, as orange boulders in the river attest. This image vividly shows the importance to protect West Virginia's wild rivers and preserve them for future generations. West Virginia is home to some of the most stunning rivers in the United States. From the roaring rapids of the New River to the tranquil beauty of the Cheat River, these waterways are not only a source of natural beauty but also play a vital role in the ecosystem and the local economy. In this blog post, we will explore why protecting West Virginia's rivers matters and what we can do to ensure their preservation. 1. Biodiversity: West Virginia's rivers are teeming with life. They provide a habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal species, many of which are unique to this region. By protecting these rivers, we are safeguarding the biodiversity that they support. This is not only important for the health of the ecosystem but also for our own well-being. Many of these species play a crucial role in pollination, water filtration, and maintaining a balanced ecosystem. 2. Recreation and Tourism: West Virginia's rivers offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism. From whitewater rafting and kayaking to fishing and swimming, these rivers attract visitors from near and far. By protecting and preserving these rivers, we are ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy these activities and the economic benefits that come with them. Outdoor tourism is a significant source of revenue for local businesses and communities, and it relies heavily on the health and accessibility of our rivers. 3. Water Quality: Our rivers are not only a source of recreation but also a vital source of drinking water for many communities. Protecting these rivers means safeguarding the quality of our water supply. By preventing pollution, reducing sedimentation, and promoting responsible land use practices, we can ensure that our rivers continue to provide clean and safe water for both humans and wildlife. 4. Cultural and Historical Significance: West Virginia's rivers have played a significant role in the state's history and culture. They have been a source of sustenance, transportation, and inspiration for generations of West Virginians. By protecting these rivers, we are preserving our cultural heritage and ensuring that future generations can connect with the rich history of our state. What can we do to protect West Virginia's rivers? - Support legislation: Advocate for the enactment of legislation for a West State Scenic River System. This will provide legal protection and recognition for these rivers, ensuring their preservation for future generations. - Practice responsible recreation: When enjoying our rivers, be mindful of our impact. Follow Leave No Trace principles, dispose of waste properly, and respect wildlife and vegetation. - Get involved: Join local conservation organizations, volunteer for river clean-up events, and participate in educational programs. By getting involved, we can make a tangible difference in the preservation of our rivers. - Spread awareness: Share the beauty and importance of West Virginia's rivers with others. Use social media, write blog posts, or organize community events to raise awareness about the need to protect and preserve these natural treasures. In conclusion, protecting West Virginia's rivers is not only about preserving their beauty but also about safeguarding the biodiversity, supporting the local economy, ensuring clean water, and preserving our cultural heritage. By taking action and advocating for their preservation, we can ensure that these rivers continue to flow for generations to come.

  • Experience the Thrill: Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia

    Are you an adventure seeker looking for an adrenaline rush? Look no further than West Virginia's thrilling whitewater rafting experiences! With its scenic rivers and challenging rapids, West Virginia is the perfect destination for those seeking an exciting outdoor adventure. In this blog post, we will explore the thrill of whitewater rafting in West Virginia and provide you with some tips to make the most of your experience. Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating activity that allows you to navigate through fast-flowing rivers and conquer rapids of varying difficulty levels. The image above perfectly captures the excitement and adventure of this thrilling outdoor activity in the beautiful natural landscape of West Virginia. Imagine the rush of paddling through turbulent white water rapids, surrounded by lush green forests and rocky cliffs. It's an experience like no other! One of the best things about whitewater rafting in West Virginia is the variety of rivers and rapids available. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rafter, there's a river and a rapid that will suit your skill level. The New River, Gauley River, and Cheat River are some of the most popular destinations for whitewater rafting in the state. Each river offers a unique experience, from gentle rapids for beginners to challenging Class V rapids for the more experienced rafters. If you're new to whitewater rafting, it's important to choose a reputable rafting outfitter that provides experienced guides and top-notch equipment. Safety should always be your top priority, so make sure to listen to your guide's instructions and follow all safety protocols. Don't forget to wear a helmet and a life jacket at all times. Whitewater rafting is a team sport, so communication and teamwork are essential. Listen to your guide's commands and work together with your fellow rafters to navigate through the rapids. Paddling in sync and coordinating your movements will help you maneuver the raft more effectively. While the thrill of conquering rapids is undoubtedly the highlight of whitewater rafting, don't forget to take a moment to appreciate the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you. West Virginia's rivers are known for their scenic landscapes, with lush green forests, towering cliffs, and crystal-clear water. Take a break from paddling and soak in the breathtaking views around you. After an exhilarating day on the river, take some time to explore the charming towns and attractions near your rafting destination. West Virginia is home to a rich cultural heritage, and you'll find plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the local history and traditions. So, if you're ready to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting in West Virginia, start planning your adventure today. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rafter, West Virginia's rivers offer an unforgettable outdoor experience. Get ready to paddle through rapids, conquer the wild waters, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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