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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!

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Hoots and Hollers OVEC Sep 25
ODNR Cancels Mountaineer NGL Storage Permits
This legal action is one blow to politicians' ill-conceived plans for a proposed petrochemical buildout in the Ohio River Valley. You can help add a lot more punch to this victory. Get involved! More
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Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Sep 24
Uncommon Crops: Blog 23 in a Gardening Series
Mary Wildfire blogs about her experiences in her garden growing some uncommon crops: peanuts, popcorn, ginger, and sesame. More
Press Release OVEC Sep 24
Local Residents Hold U.S. Army Corps Accountable
On Sept. 23, citizens delivered 50 pages of public comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office in Huntington, WV. More
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Press Release Vivian Sep 24
ODNR Cancels Mountaineer NGL Storage Permits
Victory: In a victory for clean water advocates, Ohio Department of Natural Resources cancels permits to construct three solution mining wells in the Ohio River Valley More
Press Release OVEC Sep 22
Local Residents Act to Hold Federal Agency Accountable
Regional residents are pushing back against efforts to permit barge terminals to offload oil and gas waste shipped on the Ohio River. More
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Hoots and Hollers Frank Grant Sep 21
Book Review: The Reindeer Chronicles by Judith Schwartz
A review of a book that "takes readers on a global tour of earth repair, with visits to unsung heroes who are pushing the boundaries of ecological restoration to show how even the world's most wounded places can be revived." More
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Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Sep 18
Saving Seeds: Blog 22 in a Gardening Series
Harvest and save seeds from your garden this year for replanting next year. More
Action Alert OVEC Sep 9
You’re Invited! Join Us For Tonight’s Celebration…
You're invited to a virtual reception on September 9 at 7 p.m. to honor and celebrate our 2020 Community Keepers Award recipients for their contributions. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Sep 9
Laura Forman Passion for Justice: Randi Pokladnik
This year, Randi Pokladnik is the recipient of our highest honor: the Laura Forman Passion for Justice Award. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Sep 8
Super Citizen Lobbyist: Sue DeVall
We are pleased to announce Sue DeVall as the recipient of our 2020 Community Keepers Award for Super Citizen Lobbyist. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Sep 3
Outstanding Ally: Leatra Harper
We are thankful for all the tremendous work Leatra has done in support of OVEC and other allied groups, and we are thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize her for her many contributions. 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