Friends of Blackwater has signed onto a letter to President-Elect Biden as his team begins to address the COVID-19 public health crisis and develop an economic recovery plan, requesting the creation of long-term conservation and restoration jobs. The US can overcome this economic downturn while protecting and restoring our unique natural resources, including biodiversity, and […]
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 restoration plans for the North Fork or Beaver Creek.
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Friends of Blackwater has some exciting news! This summer, we began the process of working with the DEP and will soon start working with an engineer to design and construct a passive treatment system in the Beaver Creek watershed to treat Seep 100-2. For the past four years, FOB has been conducting water monitoring, testing […]
Friends of Blackwater has entered into a contract with the engineering company BioMost to design a water treatment site that will restore the North Fork of the Blackwater Riv-er. The next step will be meetings with BioMost and DEP engineers who have designed similar treatment sites, to make sure that the design is compliant with […]
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Mining and Reclamation, 47 School Street, Suite 301, Philippi, WV 26416, will hold an online Public Hearing from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 as result of the comments and petition signatures submitted by Friends of Blackwater and you! The conference may […]
Friends of Blackwater is disappointed to inform you that the Pillar LLC permit for the undergound injection well next to Horseshoe Run has been reissued for an additional 5 years. Thank you for your participation in the fight to stop this permit in its tracks- over 50 people attended the public hearing for this 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 […]
The following is a summary of Friends of Blackwater’s official comments to the DEP regarding the Keystone Surface Mining and Reclamation permit. Please let these guide your comments during the online public hearing on June 10th from 1-5 pm (plan on joining at 1 pm). Friends of Blackwater has written an EPA approved Beaver Creek […]
On June 10th, 2020 from 1-5 PM, the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection Division of Mining and Reclamation will host an informal conference regarding the proposed Keystone surface mining and reclamation permit on Corridor H North of Davis, WV. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, the public hearing will be hosted by the DEP […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]