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January 11, 2016

West Virginia Clean Water Conference Slated for January 19

The West Virginia Clean Water Conference will be held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, January 19 in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.
Mike Youngren, filmmaker, will introduce his documentary Elk River Blues at 7 p.m. On January 9, 2014, President Obama declared a Federal State of Emergency after a chemical used to clean coal contaminated the Elk River near Charleston, WV and affected the drinking water of more than 300,000 residents. Elk River Blues was an official selection of the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival and played to a standing room only crowd.

At 8 p.m., a panel of experts including Angie Rosser, Executive Director of WV Rivers Coalition, and Tom Landis, City of Buckhannon Water Plant Superintendent, will join the Wesleyan faculty of Dr. Eric Waggoner, associate professor of English, Dr Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, assistant professor of environmental science, and Dr. Rob Rupp, professor of history, to offer personal reflections on the event and field questions from the audience.

Small group discussion groups will be led by Liz Wiles, Chair of West Virginia Sierra Club, Amanda Pitzer, Executive Director of Friends of Cheat Lake, and April Keating of the Mountain Lake Preservation Alliance. Also available to answer questions from the public are Martin Christ, from the WV Department of Environmental Protection, and Paul Richter, from the Buckhannon River Watershed Association, a co-sponsor of this event.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Abigail Benjamin at (304) 283-0293 or

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