Water

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 our State of the Watershed Report , or the watershed-based plans for the North Fork or Beaver Creek.
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Latest News

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Keystone mining and reclamation update

Thank you for your 355 signatures and comments requesting a public meeting about the surface mining and reclamation permit #S200710! We submitted these on March 6th, along with our official comments, and have received confirmation that the DEP will hold a public hearing. Due to the concern about spreading Coronavirus, the public hearing date is […]

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You did it! Injection Well Public Hearing

Your comments and signatures (almost 1,500!) on FOB’s injection well petition that accompanied our comments objecting to this waste disposal have led to a public hearing regarding this permit renewal. What: Public hearing concerning the permit application for UIC Permit 2D09300081 Where: Tucker County Board of Education Auxiliary Gym              100 Education Lane, Parsons, WV […]

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AML Re-authorization

In case you missed it, FOB went to Washington DC last month and had the opportunity lobby for environmental policy that we stand behind. AML Reauthorization Act, H.R.4248, which would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund, was one Act that we made sure to represent well on behalf of West Virginia. These funds […]

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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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Watershed Education Outings

Norther Garrett HS students collect macroinvertebrates in nets while the automated sensor (white pole/red wire) collects stream health. The automated sensors purchased and programmed thanks to the North Face Explore Grant are finally seeing some real action thanks to Mountain Laurel Learning Coop and Northern Garrett HS students! On September 18th, MLLC 7th graders and […]

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FOB visits T&T Active Treatment Plant

Mark Dickey standing next to Glade Run where a lime slurry is being added, raising the pH significantly On September 25th, Friends of Blackwater staff, along with Troy Waskey and John Morgan of the Forest Service, Martin Christ of the DEP Watershed Improvement Branch, and several members of the DEP Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program […]

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FOB Gets Grant to Monitor Sand Run

Friends of Blackwater has received a grant from the West Virginia DEP to monitor Sand Run, a tributary of the North Fork. Sand Run meets the North Fork right on the edge of Thomas City Park, meaning that the boat docks and other riverside attractions are close to the mouth of the creek, and many […]

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Design Update on North Fork Treatment System

By Emmie Cornell The plans for the new water quality improvement system that will replace the defunct Wetland Anoxic Limestone Drain (WALD) along the North Fork have been drawn up, and once a few adjustments are made based on the Forest Service’s suggestions, construction plans can be created. This will set the timeline of the […]

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Bringing New Watershed Technology to Students

The automated Mayfly sensors purchased with grants from The North Face® Explore Grant and the WV Department of Environmental Protection have been successfully programmed and assembled. Thanks to Northern Garret High School’s AP Biology class and Alderson Broaddus University’s hydrology and environmental club students, these sensors are ready to be deployed out into the field […]

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Meet our new watershed manager!

Hi supporters of FoB! My name is Emmie Cornell and I am brand new to WV, but I love it already. I grew up in Chattanooga, TN and graduated in 2018 from Berry College in Rome, GA with a biology degree and botany/conservation concentrations. During my summers at home in Tennessee, I interned with TennesSEA […]