OVEC Action Alert

April Showers are Here, Along with This Reminder to Take Action

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
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Apr 20, 2020 View / Comment Online

We hope you are coping okay in these strange times. We are lucky here to have something incredibly beautiful and reassuringly normal unfolding before our eyes: Appalachian spring, with its wildflowers, flowering trees, bird song, and warmer weather. It is normal for nature to carry on, and it is normal for us to carry on by taking action. So, we share this information about meaningful actions you can take from home. Take action, carry on!

Comments Needed: WVDEP Biological Assessment Rule

This important rule related to our state’s water protections is available for public comment until today, April 20, at 8 p.m. 

Why is the biological assessment rule important? Click here to learn more about the biological assessment rule or watch the video fact sheet. West Virginia Rivers Coalition will also be hosting a live Q & A on Facebook today, April 20, at 12 p.m. to answer questions about this what this means for our streams and rivers.

Click here to send your comments to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Attend a virtual public hearing on April 20. Even if you do not plan to speak during the virtual hearing, we encourage you to attend. Your presence shows the WVDEP that West Virginians care about water policy. Learn more about the virtual hearing here.

Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: NO Radioactive Waste on the Ohio River

Concerned Ohio River Residents recently discovered plans to build a docking facility in Martins Ferry, OH for barges transporting radioactive oil and gas wastewater on the Ohio River.

These plans mean radioactive fracking waste could be shipped along the river, the drinking water source for 5 million people.

Send your comments by April 30. Contact the Regulatory Division, attn George Brkovich by phone (412) 395-7247, or by e-mail at george.r.brkovich@usace.army.mil. Please refer to CELRP-RG 2020-78 in all responses.

The permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest. In your comments, please urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold a public hearing. Click here to find out more.

Attend Virtual Screening of The Human Element

From April 17 to 26, Interfaith Power & Light is offering free at-home screenings of The Human Element, an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction and Chasing Ice, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change.

Click here to sign up to receive the link to the documentary.

WV Primary Election: New Dates and Deadlines

Even though West Virginians still can vote in-person during the early voting period from May 27 to June 6 or at their polling places on Election Day on June 9, we encourage as many people as possible to vote absentee to protect your health and the health of poll workers. This spring election is the only chance we will have to vote for three (out of five total) WV Supreme Court Justices. (That is so say there is no primary for judicial voting, this is it.)

If you did not receive your absentee ballot by April 17, follow these four easy steps to complete the process to make sure you obtain and send in your absentee ballot on time.

For more information about voting in West Virginia, visit the Secretary of State website.

Get Counted: Complete the 2020 Census

You count! The 2020 Census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to be counted when it comes to issues that matter most to your community.

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Take the 2020 Census online in just minutes.

For more information about upcoming events, actions, and other happenings, be sure to follow OVEC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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