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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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 […]


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 […]

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Students Learn about Water Quality Sensors

Friends of Blackwater visited a high school class in Garrett County last week to help students program remote sensors that can be used to monitor water quality. These sensors will be installed along Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Blackwater River, to improve Friends of Blackwater’s water quality program. Usually, monitoring water quality means getting […]

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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 […]