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“Friends of Blackwater works to protect the landscapes, natural and human communities, and heritage of the Blackwater Watershed and Canyon and to promote its sustainable economic development through public outreach, advocacy and restoration."


Train Derailment May Cause Damage to Kanawha River and Mussel Population

On February 16, 2015 a train, with over 100 tankers carrying Bakken crude, derailed at Armstrong Creek near the Kanawha River. While early reports say that no crude made it into the river or Armstrong Creek, there has yet to be a determination of the actual damage from the derailment and the nineteen tankers that burned for nearly 4 days. You can read more about this derailment and the potential damage to mussel populations here.

A Sweetheart of an Evening!

"On the Chop

ping Block"

"On the Chopping Block" -A Report from the June 2014 Blackwater Falls Conference was released at a 3:00 PM press conference on Tuesday, January 13, in the West Virginia State Capitol in the Governor's Conference Room.  The report was also presented to the State Board of Education at its January 14 meeting.

See a copy of the Report here

You can request a hard copy of the report by emailing or by calling 304-345-7663 x2.

FOB Presents: The Beautiful Blackwater Watershed - State of the River Report I

State of the River

FOB recently completed the First Edition of the State of the Blackwater Watershed. This document was funded through a grant from the WVDEP, Nonpoint Source Program's 319 AGO Fund.

Please click here to view the document online.

To request your FREE copy, please click here.




Your pipeline comments are making a big difference!

Because of a massive public outcry to protect our precious public lands, Dominion has made big changes in its pipeline survey proposal to avoid impacts on the Mon National Forest including scenic areas, rare species habitat and Civil War battlefields.  Your comments made this possible! 

Friends of Blackwater's Comment Letter

Message from Dominion

New Map of Pipeline Route

Thanks so much for all you do and we will keep you updated!

Click here for more information.


"Climate Change, China and the West Virginia Connection"

Almost 100 people braved a snowy night to attend our Feb. 12 program in Morgantown, WV.  They heard the World Resource Institute's Sarah Forbes, WVU Professor Jerry Fletcher, Ben Gilmer from Downstream Strategies, and Sam Petsonk from Mountain State Justice talk about how countries like China and the U.S. are cooperating to reduce carbon pollution. 

You can see an online video of the event here.  You can see photos of the event here.  A copy of the event program is here. 

There is a big audience for scientific information about climate change, and we are excited to be reaching that audience with events like this one!  Thanks to Jamie Van Nostrand and the WVU Law School Center on Energy and Sustainability for partnering with us – and especially for arranging for such tasty post-event refreshments!