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“Friends of Blackwater works to protect the landscapes, natural and human communities, and heritage of the Blackwater Watershed and Canyon and to promote its sustainable economic development through public outreach, advocacy and restoration."


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Annie Dillard Awarded 2014 National Humanities Medal

FOB is so proud that our longtime Advisory Board member and dear friend Annie Dillard has received this award. Congratulations Annie!

To view the ceremony please click here. For more information about Annie Dillard, click here.

DOMINION GAS PIPELINE UPDATE: Forest Service critiques Dominion Pipeline

Friends of Blackwater reviewed Dominion Resource’s September 15th Certificate filing for the Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline Project (ACP) with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The company is still requesting a certificate to build this mega-pipeline through the heart of the Monongahela National Forest. New maps show that the pipeline route is NOT going on the proposed alternative route that would have avoided sensitive northern hardwood/red spruce habitat. By returning to their original plan the ACP will fragment and degrade habitat for the Cheat Mountain salamander, endangered bats and Ginny the West Virginia northern flying squirrel. The ACP has also failed to submit surveys for listed bats, the Cheat Mountain salamander, mussels and other aquatic species or sensitive plant species with FERC. Friends of Blackwater understands that if the ACP fails to do surveys following the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s protocols for all listed and protected species on the MON, the environmental review for the pipeline project under FERC cannot go forward. Fish and Wildlife, FERC and the Forest Service must consult on impacts to listed species and make recommendations on the pipeline. Without adequate information this cannot be done and the pipeline cannot be built. FOB believes that the current proposed route is a mistake and should be dropped. We believe that properly conducted surveys will support this position.    Click here for more information



Continued sediment pollution puts Blackwater River Fishery at Risk.  Comment Now!

Sediment from Road Construction began impacting the River on Sunday August 16, 2015.  This is the third major impact.  The DEP has issued 50 citations but the pollution continues.   Tell the DEP to Stop the degradation of West Virginia’s Most Scenic River

Click here to for more information and to submit your own comments to WVDEP!


Calendar of Events

Oct 16-18 Blackwater Falls Climate Change Conference - Davis, West Virginia Info and registration at: 

Oct 30 Clifford/Carrie Williams Celebration of WV’s Black Teacher’s, WVU Law School Morgantown WV at 7:00 PM with tour of Tucker County Black History Sites on oct 31st. Call 304-345-7663 ext. 2 or e-mail