From the pristine headwaters of the Blackwater River to the mine-scarred tributaries of the North Fork, we work to protect and restore the vital watersheds and mountain streams that all of us depend upon.
Read out State of the Watershed Report  , the watershed-based plan for the North Fork, or our draft watershed-based plan for Beaver Creek.
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Latest News

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Watershed Projects Director Wanted

Our current Watershed Project Director, Ian Smith, is leaving the organization in April. We are looking to hire a replacement in the next month so that we can manage the transition and keep our watershed work moving forward. Position Summary:  Friends of Blackwater is a non-profit conservation organization in Tucker County, West Virginia working to […]


The Future of Water Monitoring

Friends of Blackwater is combining a grant from The North Face® and another from the WV Department of Environmental Protection to install a series of automated water quality monitors with help from students and volunteers. Automated monitoring systems have significant advantages over more traditional sampling methods.  These systems combine one or more sensors, a data […]

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Beaver Creek Watershed Based Plan

Friends of Blackwater has completed the watershed based plan for Beaver Creek, which is available here. This plan will guide our efforts to improve the water quality of Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Blackwater River that joins the main-stem of the Blackwater near the town of Davis. We have submitted the plan to the […]

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North Fork Update – Fall 2018

In September, Friends of Blackwater has hired Langan, Inc. and Hedin Environmental to design a replacement for the wetland anoxic limestone drain (WALD) mine drainage treatment system, just downstream of the FOB office, on the North Fork of the Blackwater. The WALD was an experimental system that was installed to treat acid mine drainage entering […]


North Fork Watershed Video

Learn about the origins of the North Fork Watershed Project with this video, which was created as part of the 15th West Virginia Watershed Celebration Day. This video features our executive director Judy Rodd and former staffer Brandae Mullens explaining the unique challenges of acid mine drainage in the North Fork.

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New Grant to Improve Water Quality Monitoring

Friends of Blackwater is excited to announce that we will be adding to our water quality monitoring program, with help from the North Face. The new grant we have received from the North Face will help us purchase 8 automated sensors, that will collect continuous data on local waterways. This will provide much more detailed […]

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All the rain we’ve been having lately has made some great waterfalls, featured in this video. All these waterfalls are visible from the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail!

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]