Hydrology
  Stream formation and
    erosion

  River drainage
  The greatest American
    river

  Adverse effects of coal
    mines

  Siltation of streams
  Polluting our rivers
  This isn't chicken salad
  Clean Water Act
  Wetlands
  State water protection
  Valley fills
  Groundwater
  Scenic streams
    preservation

Clear Streams      We human beings are composed largely of water; hence, consumption of pure water is essential to our well-being. There is a tendency for us to think that the supply of quality water is endless. A trip through the American West will disabuse one of that thought. There battles over rights to this precious and scarce resource have been, and remain, a principal shaping factor of communities, regions, and states. Indeed, the modern-day activism of the Sierra Club, this nation's first major environmental group, originated over dams and water in the West. 

     In West Virginia we are blessed with abundant amounts of fresh, pure water. Ironically its ubiquitous existence encourages disregard for its abuse.

     To find out current national water conditions you may access http://water.usgs.gov/   To explore information about water in West Virginia and its regulation the EPA's Office of Water web site is helpful.  http://www.epa.gov/...   To view current hydrologic observations from the National Weather Service for places throughout West Virginia, access http://yoopr.wrlx.noaa.gov/...

     Rivers and streams throughout West Virginia provide much enjoyment for residents and visitors. Tourism is a major growth business in the state due in large part to lots of clear, beautiful streams coursing through steep and narrow valleys surrounded by tree-covered mountains. Swimming, canoeing, fishing, and white-water rafting are enjoyed by people from just about everywhere, it seems. And here it is possible to get away and enjoy the quiet and peacefulness along a creek or stream.

     One easygoing account of a journey along the New River is by National Public Radio's Noah Adams, a native of eastern Kentucky. The book is Far Appalachia: Following the New River North.   


Last updated on Monday, April 16, 2001