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.