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Watersheds

  • What is a Watershed?

    • Watersheds are comprised of a number of streams and creeks that drain into progressively larger streams to eventually form a river. Each of the streams or creeks has their own watersheds, or sub-basins, that flows from higher elevations to lower elevations. Watersheds include both surface and groundwater.
  • West Virginia

    • 2015 Watershed of the Year

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      2015 Watershed of the Year Winners, Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River, with the OSMRE Appalachain Region Director, Thomas Shope.

      2015 Watershed of the Year Winners, Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River, with the OSMRE Appalachian Region Director, Thomas Shope.

      Watershed volunteers gathered at Hawks Nest State Park to be recognized for their work to improve West Virginia’s streams and rivers. During the 17th annual Watershed Celebration Day, volunteers had an opportunity to visit Morris Creek Watershed where they learned how the local watershed group is restoring Morris Creek and engaging in other innovative projects, including: treating acid mine drainage, stabilizing stream banks, creating energy using a hydro-generator, making Google maps, planting trees, and partnering with universities for educational programs.

      The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Watershed Network (WVWN) and the highlight of the day was the awards presentation consisting of a compilation of short videos documenting the accomplishments, lessons learned, and featuring the beauty of each of the watersheds. The West Virginia Watershed Network is a group of state, federal and non-profit resource providers who work closely with these volunteer organizations. This year the network honored 21 watershed groups for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection. The Friends of the Lower Greenbrier was awarded the 2015 Watershed of the Year Award.

      Videos and Photos from the Event

      Short videos of the 21 watershed groups honored for their hard work and commitment in protecting and restoring streams and educating their communities about the importance of watershed protection are available and can be viewed on West Virginia Conservation Agency website.

      All of the photos from the event are available on the 2015 Watershed of the Year event page.


      Family and friends enjoy time on the Hayride.

      Family and friends enjoy time on the Hayride. Credit: West Virginia Conservation Agency.

      Coal River Group - "Can Do Spirit". Credit: West Virginia Conservation Agency.

      Coal River Group - "Can Do Spirit". Credit: West Virginia Conservation Agency.

      Attendees at the 2015 Watershed Celebration Day. Credit: West Virginia Conservation Agency.

      Attendees at the 2015 Watershed Celebration Day. Credit: West Virginia Conservation Agency.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       



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