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Kempton Pollution Solution

On Friday November 15th, Friends of Blackwater hosted a meeting with some members of the MD DNR, Frostburg GIS Center, the MD Office of Abandoned Mine Lands, and the WV DEP Watershed Improvement Branch to discuss the Kempton Mine Pool, an underground pool of water that is fed by West Virginia surface water that leaks […]

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Dec 6th Holiday Fundraiser

Purchase tickets here. Join us at the Thomas Education Center (324 Brown St. Thomas, WV) from 5-9 for a evening full of folk tunes, a tasty, locally sourced soup dinner and dessert, highlights from 2019, and a silent auction and raffle to raise money for all of the wonderful work that Friends of Blackwater has […]

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Engineering Building Update: West Virginia Geological Survey Record Keeping and Clean Up

We are glad to announce that our friends at the West Virginia Geological Survey have been amazing by helping us archive and re-home a number of the engineering and industrial artifacts found inside the Engineering Building. The Engineering Building has long been the temporary turned semi-permanent home of a large number of core drilling samples, […]

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WVU Climate Change Field Trip to the Canyon

WVU’s interdisciplinary climate change class visited Blackwater Canyon on October 19th. Led by professor Andrea Soccorsi, these students are learning how to tackle the consequences of a changing climate in realistic and practical ways- including learning about the ecological fragility of the Allegheny Highlands. This area is known asĀ  “a little bit of Canada”- many […]


Blackwater Rail Trail Sign Tour

Join Friends of Blackwater on Saturday, October 26th, from 2-4pm on the Blackwater Rail Trail below the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV as we embark on a 2 mile tour of the Blackwater Rail Trail, featuring Friends of Blackwater’s newly installed Rail Trail signage, the Coke Ovens, historic railroad bridges, Engine House remains, and other […]