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.
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.
To view current hydrologic observations from the
National Weather Service for places throughout West Virginia,
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