WV Stream Partners Program announces 2021 grant award winners

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Blackwater Falls, Tucker County, WV (WBOY staff photo)

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — The West Virginia Stream Partners Program announced the recipients of its annual grant awards. Seventeen different watershed groups will receive grants totaling $77,025.

The program is a collaborative effort between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), the state Division of Natural Resources (DNR), the state Division of Forestry, and the Soil Conservation Agency.

The program has $100,000 set aside each year in order to award watershed associations interested in protecting and restoring state streams. This year, 17 organizations received funds up to $5,000 each.

“Over the past 25 years, we have supported 122 organizations and their volunteers. The $5,000 investment in these communities is matched with hundreds of volunteer hours and additional project funds that have proven to improve our streams and the quality of life within the watersheds and state,” said Stream Partners coordinator Jennifer Pauer.

The following list of 2021 grant recipients was approved by the Stream Partners Program Executive Committee:

  • Buckhannon River Watershed Association: $5,000
  • Coal River Group: $5,000
  • Coal River Mountain Watch: $5,000
  • Davis Creek: $1,200
  • Forks of the Coal: $4,250
  • Fourpole Creek Watershed Association: $1,575
  • Friends of the Blackwater: $5,000
  • Friends of Deckers Creek: $5,000
  • Friends of the Cacapon River: $5,000
  • Friends of the Cheat, Inc.: $5,000
  • Friends of the Hughes River Watershed: $5,000
  • Friends of the Tug Fork: $5,000
  • Greenbrier River Watershed Association: $5,000
  • Morris Creek Watershed Association: $5,000
  • Piney Creek Watershed Association: 5,000
  • Save the Tygart: $5,000
  • Warm Springs Watershed Association: $5,000

For more WVDEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov

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