On July 22nd, Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act, groundbreaking legislation that will improve trails, campgrounds, and other recreation in public lands across the US. Once the President signs this bill into law, the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund will be created and the Land and Water Conservation Fund will be […]
Sign the petition to protect Beaver Creek!
Keystone Mining Discharge Permit Petition
Beaver Creek, a major tributary of the Blackwater River, is at risk of receiving even more mining related pollution than it already does. In addition to the legacy Acid Mine Drainage that already impairs biological life in the watershed, the Keystone Surface Mining National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit would allow this site to discharge unacceptable pollution into Beaver Creek, potentially undermining the restoration work completed in the watershed and harming aquatic life.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent by state agencies, private groups, and non-profits like Friends of Blackwater to remove Acid Mine Drainage pollution and sedimentation, improve stream structure, and restore Beaver Creek to be finally able to support a healthy trout population.
Join us in requesting a public hearing for this permit and demanding that the WV DEP Division of Mining and Reclamation treat Beaver Creek as a trout stream before issuing a permit for the Keystone Surface Mining site to discharge water into the Watershed. This NPDES permit should raise discharge standards to that of a trout stream. Add your name to this petition to help advocate for clean water in the Blackwater Watershed!
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New Threats to the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is a critical environmental law with a proven record of success. It has saved iconic American species from extinction, and has prevented the extinction of 99% of species listed. Unfortunately, this law is under attack from special interests who want to roll back protections. Please write to your legislators and let them know that you support the Endangered Species Act, and want them to reject any efforts to undermine it.
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