Research into better ways to remove aluminum from coal mine discharges funded by the state Department of Environmental Protection is unrelated to the agency’s proposed change to state water quality criteria for aluminum.
On Friday, March 22, 2013 the West Virginia Water Research Institute hosted a small event to celebrate World Water Day and to highlight the successful restoration efforts of Three Fork Creek – a small tributary of the Tygart Valley River that was severely impacted by acid mine drainage and was considered dead for nearly 50 years.
Various stakeholders were on hand to partake in the celebration including representatives from the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University; West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design; Save the Tygart Watershed Association; West Virginia Division of Natural Resources; the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Office of Abandoned Mine Land and Reclamation; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The West Virginia Water Research Institute based at West Virginia University has been in existence since 1967 and has served as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. WVWRI is the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader. Under Federal legislation, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) supports a Water Research Institute in each U.S. state and territory. The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) has been in existence since 1967 and serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. An advisory board serves to direct the activities of the WVWRI.
The Water-Infrastructure Gap
Aging U.S. Water Infrastructure in need of vast repairs and upgrades falls on state and local shoulders.
Across the country, engineers, regulators and urban planners agree that we are approaching a foreboding challenge in the US. A rapidly aging system of water and sewer infrastructure is, and will continue to spur environmental problems and development hurdles, resulting in huge tax burdens for residents in our cities and towns. And, as metro areas continue to grow, we are facing an unprecedented need to expand water supply and wastewater collection systems to help manage resources and waste in a more sustainable fashion. Addressing this issue in the National Capital Region is a symposium on Friday April 5, 2013. This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally.