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.
water quality monitoring involving a tape measure and a flow meter

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Keystone NPDES Draft Permit

Keystone NPDES Draft Permit

The Keystone Surface Mining online public hearing may be over, but the fight for clean water never ends! The draft NPDES permit for the Keystone permit site has been released and Friends of Blackwater is reviewing it for errors or short comings. This discharge could be the difference between life and death for many aquatic […]


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 […]


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 […]

North Fork

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 […]

kempton bore hole

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 […]

bear creek macro collection

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 […]


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 […]

Sand Run (almost) Mouth

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 […]