person in an orange vest picking garbage out of a wetland area

Community Clean-Up

On May 9th, Friends of Blackwater partnered with the Canaan Valley Institute, Davis Rotary Club and Q&A Associates for a community clean up in the town of Davis. Volunteers removed litter from along Route 32, Camp 70 and a section of Corridor H from four to six in the afternoon. It was great to see […]

musicians performing on the festival stage at Cheat Fest

Cheat Fest Fun

Cheat Fest, the annual music festival fundraiser for Friends of the Cheat, seems to get bigger and better every year. This year was no exception, and spirits were high despite some rain Saturday afternoon. Friends of Blackwater had a table in the non-profit tent, and we enjoyed talking to festival-goers about our watershed restoraion work […]

Tom Rodd with Friends of Blackwater plays banjo and leads the group in a song at the Earth Day event, on Saturday.

Celebrating Earth Day in Morgantown

This Earth Day, the Allegheny Highlands Climate Change Impact Initiative was busy doing the “greenhouse boogie” in Morgantown. The outdoor event featured many groups, including the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School, the Morgantown Bike Board, the West Virginia Botanic Gardens and the Avian Conservation Center for Appalachia. The Dominion-Post had great coverage of the […]


More Land Protected at Bear Rocks

Nearly 2 square miles of land along the Allegheny Front, the eastern rim of the Dolly Sods plateau in Grant County, has been donated to The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia to add to the conservancy’s existing, 477-acre Bear Rocks Preserve. The 1,143-acre gift was made possible through donations from the Ann C. and Robert […]

SS850032Mon Forest closeup of Ginny held

Endangered Species Update June 2018

Friends of Blackwater supporters have been sending hundreds of letters and making dozens of calls to Congress to support the Endangered Species Act. And our voices are making a difference!  Massive public support from across America for the ESA really paid off during negotiations for the Omnibus Spending Bill for 2018. Several “poison pill” amendments […]


First Brick in the WALD

As part of our Beaver Creek project, FOB had the opportunity to make improvements to the inflow structure at the Wetland Anoxic Limestone Drain (WALD) adjacent to the North Fork of the Blackwater.  Local craftsmen Lon Marshall and Tommy Ashton rebuilt the structure and were so generous with their time that FOB was able to […]

beaver creek newsletter pH

Beaver Creek Update June 2018

Despite being neighbors, the North Fork watershed and the Beaver Creek watershed are quite different in character and temperament.  With its high elevation and low gradient, Beaver Creek quietly glides through a maze of wetlands that one would expect to find in Canada, while the North Fork (often loudly) rages down the Blackwater Canyon. After […]


Wildflower Pilgrimage 2018

On May 12th and 13th, the annual Wildflower Pilgrimage took place in Tucker County. This event was sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Garden Club, and featured tours in Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley. Our board member Jeannie Dalporto sent us these great photos from the event.

history hike participants admiring new sign

New Signs Debut

On May 26th, Friends of Blackwater unveiled 5 new historic interpretive signs near the town of Thomas. These signs help bring to life the industrial heyday of Tucker County, when the railroad helped create an economic boom and connected rural West Virginia to the rest of the country. We celebrated with a guided tour, led […]

Blackwater Falls

Blackwater River Fun Facts

Where is the Blackwater River? The Blackwater River is located in Tucker County, West Virginia. Its headwaters are in Canaan Valley, and from there it makes its way past the towns of Thomas and Davis. The Blackwater passes through some amazing public lands on its journey, including Canaan Valley State Park, Canaan Valley National Wildlife […]