Lower New River State of the Watershed Report

July 27, 2011 

After listening to feedback from community members, wastewater managers, business owners, conservation leaders, agency representatives, and others, the New River Clean Water Alliance is pleased to make the final Lower New River State of the Watershed report, July 2011, available to you to download here (PDF, 19.94 MB/62 pages).

Or download the executive summary only (PDF, 7.22 MB/ 7 pages).

In this photo-rich report, we share stories about how and why the New River is a special place to so many. We discuss clean water challenges in creeks flowing into the New River, and offer recommendations for how we might work together to reach our clean water goals through local partnerships and targeted cleanup projects. If you would like more information about how to become more involved with a local watershed group or through your own individual actions, please contact these groups directly in Wolf Creek, Piney Creek, or Arbuckle Creek. We look forward to working with you for clean water.

Authors of the report: The New River Clean Water Alliance is a partnership dedicated to promoting clean water and community efforts in the New River and its tributaries in Fayette, Summers, and Raleigh Counties. The following organizations have representatives in the Alliance: Piney Creek Watershed Association, National Park Service, Plateau Action Network, Mountain Resource Conservation and Development, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Professional River Outfitters Association, National Committee for the New River, and National Parks Conservation Association. Technical analysis and public meeting presentations for the report was conducted by Downstream Strategies, a local environmental consulting firm. All photographs were taken by Trevor Clark.

What do we consider the Lower New River watershed?
The Lower New River Watershed consists of the total land area that drains into the New River from Hinton to Hawks Nest Lake including parts of Summers, Raleigh, and Fayette Counties in West Virginia.

Letter from the New River Clean Water Alliance and introduction to the State of the Watershed Report:
The New River is a special river for residents of and visitors to the New River Gorge region, in Southern West Virginia. In 2009, a group of regional stakeholders concerned about the health of the New River met to discuss the current status of water quality and what could be done, strategically and effectively, to address issues facing the river. 

Out of these discussions the New River Clean Water Alliance was formed, and the idea for this report was born.  This report provides an assessment of the river’s current health and a basic roadmap to guide the people of the Lower New as we work to promote clean water. The goal is to improve water quality in the Lower New River and its tributaries to sustain its environmental, cultural, recreational, and economic benefits. Our approach is to identify the issues, incorporate community input, focus priorities, and set the stage for improving water quality in the Lower New. Everyone who values clean water in the New River region has a role, including those who fish, boat, swim, live, work, visit, or have family ties in the area. This report serves as an invitation to all to get involved and help restore our river.

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