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OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV. We won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, we’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since. Our members and volunteers are crucial to our work. Join OVEC!

Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Nov 19
Climate Change and Our Oceans 
  When we talk about climate change, we often fail to recognize the role that our oceans play in the bio-chemical cycles of the planet. We know from biology class that the planet is made up of spheres. The lithosphere includes the planet’s surface from the mountain ranges to the valleys. The biosphere includes all […] More
Action Alert OVEC Nov 12
Tonight: Let’s Talk Environmental Priorities at WVEC’s Annual Meeting
Join OVEC as we attend the West Virginia Environmental Council's virtual annual meeting tonight, Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6-8 p.m. It's free to attend, but registration is required. More
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Nov 10
Shopping for Seeds: Blog 28 in a Gardening Series
Soon the seed catalogs will be arriving in your mailbox, if the seed companies have your name. More
sunflowers in a late fall garden
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Nov 10
Next Year’s Garden: Blog 27 in a Gardening Series
The top reason for a garden is to have fresh food you know has had no chemicals sprayed on it. So it’s a matter of quality… but it’s also a matter of security. More
Hoots and Hollers Frank Grant Nov 10
OYO, The Beautiful River: A Review
The Ohio “sings a forever song,” and Hamilton’s book is a song of homage to it. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Nov 3
An Election Survival Guide
Remember for the sake of our nation that every vote must be counted, and we must move forward with healing in mind. More
Newsletter OVEC Nov 2
Winds of Change, Fall 2020
OVEC has joined a new regional coalition called ReImagine Appalachia to help design a policy blueprint that propels the region towards a sustainable future. More
Mary's garden
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Oct 30
Protecting From Frost: Blog 26 in a Gardening Series
Gardeners check the weather so we know when a frost is coming. If there's more warmth forecast after the season's first frost, it's worth covering some of your crops for a cold night in order to extend your harvest. s More
Action Alert OVEC Oct 29
You’re Invited to Our Spooktacular Celebration!
Our month-long membership drive is a campaign to demonstrate how committed our community is to winning campaigns that protect people and the environment. Not only is this an opportunity to build our power, it’s a celebration of what can happen when we work together--plus some spooky stories and chilling costumes! More
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Oct 26
Incineration Isn’t a Solution to Our Waste Problems
There is no "throw away" and incineration does not equal a solution to plastic and other pollution. More
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Oct 23
Mushrooms: Blog 25 in a Gardening Series
This is about mushrooms you cultivate, with a brief nod to the several wild species that make excellent eating, but... the consequences of misidentifying what you think is a good edible mushroom can be grave—pun intended. More
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Hoots and Hollers OVEC Aug 27, 2020
Introducing OVEC’s 2020 Community Keepers Awards
The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition is thrilled to announce our 2020 Community Keepers Award recipients. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Aug 28, 2020
Outstanding Community Defender: Bev Reed
Bev Reed is the recipient of our 2020 Community Keepers Award for Outstanding Community Defender. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Aug 31, 2020
Outstanding Allied Group: Center for Coalfield Justice
The Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) is the recipient of our 2020 Community Keepers Award for Outstanding Allied Group. More