Request for Proposals for LRS

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR LICENSED REMEDIATION SPECIALIST

Cheat River Rail-Trail Corridor – BAJ 3.0 to BAJ 11.1

Cheat River CSX corridor

Cheat River CSX corridor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFP_CheatRTLRS_6.25  (opens RFP as PDF in separate window)

Contents

Summary

Proposal Requirements

Location and Background

Project Scope

Project Timeline

Proposal Evaluation and Selection Procedure

Summary

Friends of Cheat (FOC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Kingwood, West Virginia, dedicated to restoring, preserving, and promoting the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed.  FOC is working in partnership with the West Virginia State Rail Authority (WVSRA) to purchase and develop rail corridor currently owned by CSXT for conversion to a non-motorized rail-trail. As part of this process, FOC and WVSRA will remediate the property and obtain a Certificate of Completion from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) through its Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP).  FOC seeks proposals from qualified Licensed Remediation Specialists (LRS) to provide environmental management and oversight clean-up activities, including, but not limited to:  soil abatement, site clean-up, and navigation of the property through the WVDEP’s Voluntary Remediation Program.

Proposal Requirements

Signed proposals will be accepted until 4:00pm EST Tuesday, July 22, and should include the following:

  • Letter of interest;
  • List of personnel involved (LRS and any support staff) in the remediation activities with descriptions of their qualifications;
  • List and description of similar projects implemented in the last five years, including specific experience with WVDEP VRP, rail corridor/rail-trail remediation, and non-profit organizations;
  • Proposed timeline – a timeline for review of existing documents, delivering remedial action plan, and preparing bid specification documents;
  • List of organizational contacts, including names and phone numbers, to serve as references; and
  • Any other relevant performance data.

Separate inclusion in proposal package

Enclose in a separate, clearly labeled, sealed envelope a fee schedule for all tasks described in the scope of work.  Costs included in the proposal must be all-inclusive, including any outsourced or contracted work.  Outsourced or contracted work must be clearly identified and described.  All costs and fees must be clearly described in each proposal.

NOTE:  The fee schedule will not be opened until after the selection of the proposal is determined.

Location and Background

The site is currently a railroad right-of-way owned by CSX Transportation, Inc.  The site is located south of Kingwood near the confluence of Morgan Run and the Cheat River and runs approximately eight (8) contiguous miles parallel to the Cheat River and State Route 72 to Rowlesburg.  The right-of-way averages 30 feet in width along the entire length of the site totaling approximately 130 acres.  The site runs along the western side of the Cheat River on the northern portion and then crosses over the Cheat River via a bridge and runs along the eastern side of the Cheat River.  Several tributaries of the Cheat River intersect the site.  Areas adjoining the right-of-way are sloping toward the Cheat River.  The site was developed as a railroad since at least 1907 and was formerly called the Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad and the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad.  CSX removed the railroad tracks in 2008. The site is mainly covered by gravel (ballast) and the remaining property is vegetated with grasses, shrubs, and trees or covered by outcrop and boulders.  Creosote treated railroad ties still remain on portions of the site.  Based on the analytical results, arsenic, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, dibenz(a,h)anthracene, naphthalene, carbazole, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(a)anthracene, and benzo(b)fluoranthene were detected above their respective WV de Minimus Standards (Phase II ESA, May 2012).

Project Scope

The selected LRS shall complete remediation planning and assist in the oversight of the soil abatement, preparation of bid documents and assisting in the hiring of a contractor to perform clean-up of property, and navigate the site through the VRP. The specific objectives of this scope of work are to:

  • Review existing site assessment data and reports to determine the best approach to implement the selected remedial alternative in accordance with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP);
  • Provide an executable clean-up plan as determined by the requirements of the West Virginia Voluntary Remediation Program in a written report and an oral presentation;
  • Serve as the Licensed Remediation Specialist of record, ensuring compliance of the clean-up with the Voluntary Remediation Agreement;
  • Prepare written plans and specifications suitable for bidding and based upon the selected plan of action (remedial action plan);
  • Conduct project oversight of clean-up activities, including on-site inspection and testing as deemed appropriate by the FOC, WVSRA, and WVDEP; and
  • Provide project progress reports to representatives of the project team at agreed upon intervals and attend meetings with WVDEP and other regulatory stakeholders as needed.

Project Timeline

An executed Voluntary Remediation Agreement between WVDEP and FOC/WVSRA is required by CSXT prior to closing the property sale.  CSXT and FOC/WVSRA have set an informal goal of closing the property deal by November 1, 2015.

Proposal Evaluation and Selection Procedure        

Solicitation

The Request for Proposals are publically advertised in the Dominion Post on June 29 and July 1, 2015.

Evaluation

In accordance with the organization’s procurement procedures, FOC will evaluate proposals to identify the firm(s) most highly qualified to perform the work. The evaluation criteria will include:

  • Specialized experience, technical competence, and qualifications of the firm;
  • Quality and completeness of the proposal;
  • Experience with the Cheat River Rail-Trail project and Preston Rail-Trail initiatives, previous;
  • Experience of the firm with the WVDEP Voluntary Remediation Program;
  • Experience of the firm with similar remediation projects (non-profit managed rail-trail development);
  • References of good report; and
  • The proposed task timeline.

FOC may request additional information from firms through in-person interviews.  The price may be negotiated with the highest qualified firm to provide fair and reasonable compensation and to maximize contract value.

Terms and Conditions

All proposals shall be confidential until FOC has fully executed a contract with the selected consultant. FOC and respondents shall make no additional distribution of the proposal prior to execution of the contract.  Upon execution of the contract, all information disclosed by respondents pursuant to this RFP shall be open to public inspection.

FOC shall not be liable for any costs incurred by respondents in responding to this RFP, or in the provision of information pursuant to this RFP, including interviews, negotiations, and other information deemed useful or necessary by FOC in awarding and executing a contract. FOC shall not accept or reimburse any cost or charge incurred prior to FOC’s execution of a contract and such cost shall not be included in any part of the cost proposal.

Ownership of all data, material, and documentation, originating and prepared for FOC pursuant to this RFP shall belong exclusively to FOC.  FOC reserves the right to utilize any or all information, plans, and materials submitted in any manner, however, such utilization shall in no way create an obligation for payment by FOC to any respondent.

Only written (e-mail acceptable) queries concerning this RFP shall be accepted or answered. All queries shall be sent to:

Amanda Pitzer

Executive Director,

Friends of the Cheat

119 S. Price Street, Suite 206

Kingwood, WV 26537

(304) 329-3621

amanda@cheat.org

www.cheat.org

 

Information from other FOC officials or employees is used at the respondent’s own risk and FOC shall not be bound by any such information.  Queries related to the preparation and submission of a response to the RFP must be received by 5:00pm, Friday, July 17.

To ensure that all respondents have equal information, written copies of all queries and answers will be compiled and issued to all registered recipients of the RFP. These queries and answers are considered a part of the RFP and may revise or correct the original RFP.

After the close of the query period, queries concerning the project or the RFP cannot be answered except by quoting the RFP.

FOC reserves the right and fully intends to make investigations of the proposals, qualifications, and experience of the respondents as it deems appropriate.

By submitting a proposal, the respondent certifies that this RFP was fully read and understood. The filing of a proposal in response to this RFP shall constitute an agreement of the respondent to the procedures, terms, and conditions set forth herein, except where expressly noted otherwise.

Each respondent is responsible for ensuring that all information provided in the proposal is accurate and complete in its entirety. Any misstatements of facts, misrepresentations, or errors in the proposal may, at the sole discretion of FOC, be cause for disqualification.


New Trail Property Purchased in Preston County

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Finally!  A big win for FOC’s Preston Rail-Trail Committee!

For Immediate Release – April 7, 2015

Today, project partners Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission (PCPaRC) and Friends of the Cheat (FOC) announced that ten miles of the former West Virginia Northern railroad corridor between Kingwood and Tunnelton has been purchased for conversion into a rail-trail.

Funding for the property acquisition was provided by the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways; the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust; and, the West Virginia Division of Tourism.  The property and associated trail rights were purchased from Utah-based Kern Valley Railroad which acquired the railroad in 2000 following the closure of the stakeholder-operated Kingwood Northern tourist train.

Since 2002, a group of volunteers known as the Preston Rail-Trail Committee (PRTC) has worked persistently and patiently on developing rail-trails on three corridors in Preston County, and this purchase marks the group’s first rail-trail acquisition.  In 2011, FOC took action to bring attention and resources to other aspects of the project.  These efforts resulted in a wave of activity:  the century old water tower was listed as a historic Endangered Property by Preservation Alliance of West Virginia; funding and technical support from the West Virginia Northern Brownfields Assistance Center supported the development of conceptual revitalization plans for the former railcar maintenance facility near the water tower; and Stan Hostler donated 2.5 acres of property adjacent to the water tower and trail.  The emergence of the Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission as a partner represents the project’s final keystone because their willingness to own and manage the trail allows the project to come to fruition.

“The West Virginia Northern Rail-Trail is exactly the type of endeavor the Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission was formed to support.  The rail-trail will link two communities and provide a new outdoor space for free, low-impact exercise.” explains PCPaRC President Lynn Housner.  PCPaRC Commissioner Paul Martin believes the new rail-trail will also “enhance existing recreation opportunities offered at the Craig Civic Center and local schools in both Kingwood and Tunnelton.”

PCPaRC and FOC are ready to hit the trail running, and they have the funds to do so.  The Recreational Trails program has granted the project team an additional $420,000 for rail-trail design and construction.  With support from the Division of Highways, design will commence immediately with construction slated for 2016.  A ground breaking event is being planned for this summer.

The groups will fundraise for additional rail-trail construction and maintenance funds.  On Saturday, May 2nd PRTC will host the 11th annual Cheat Fest 5K with proceeds benefitting rail-trail projects in Preston County.  Sign up to participate at http://cheatfest.org/activities-2/5k/

PRTC is eager to get more community members involved.  The group meets the first Monday of each month at 5pm at the FOC offices in Kingwood.  Learn more at www.cheat.org/recreation/trails.


An Interview with Bob McVicker, Chief Operator, Kingwood Water Treatment Plant

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Bob McVicker

Bob McVicker, Kingwood Treatment Plant Chief Operator

Robert McVicker is the Chief Operator at the Kingwood Water Treatment and Filtration Plant on Route 72 downstream of the Cheat River Narrows.  He has been keeping Kingwood’s drinking water looking clear and tasting clean since 2002.  He recently received the Perkins-Boynton Award from the West Virginia American Water Works Association for exemplary operations in systems with more than 1,000 customers. Also, in 2011 and 2012 he received the Area Wide Optimization Award for outstanding efforts toward optimizing filter plant performance.  Before pursuing a career in drinking water treatment, Robert operated and maintained nuclear power reactors on Navy submarines and power plants.

Bob, where does our water in Kingwood come from?  Do we have a backup supply?

Kingwood’s water comes from the Cheat River.  The Cheat always has water, even in a drought.  We have a high water in-take and a low-water in-take.  When the water is really low in the river – to the point where you can walk across it on rocks, we can still get water from underneath the riverbed.  We don’t have a backup water supply right now, but I would like to explore putting in a well as a backup system.

Can you briefly explain how the water is treated?  Is it easy work?

First we pump the water to a distribution box where we inject chemicals to counteract the charged particles present in the water so that the particles can clump together and settle out.  The solids settle in two outdoor clarifier tanks which do the majority of the work.  Then the water flows through carbon filters to polish it off.  Then we add some chlorine to keep it clean while it’s flowing through the water system and while we pump it to one of four holding tanks in Kingwood.

We currently only have two operators so we work on average one 12 ½ hour shift per day, and switch who works every other weekend.  We produce water 12 hours every day and shut down at night.  It is not easy work.

Pringle Run, Lick Run, and Heather Run flow into the Cheat upstream of the water intake.  Does the acid mine drainage present in those stream affect the drinking water quality?

We are lucky that the AMD in those streams have about 1 mile in the Cheat before reaching the water in-takes.  The pH is already back up after about 100 yards below the confluence.  The volume of the Cheat is so large that even with a low alkalinity number it has sufficient alkalinity that it cleans the water before it even gets to us.  The solids from the metals settle out before it gets to us.  In fact, some extra solids coming into the system helps me treat the water because when more solids stick together, they become heavier and settle to the bottom of the clarifier tanks easier.

Charleston chemical spill.  How has it affected your job?  Could it happen here?

We already have a source water protection plan (SWPP).  We test for pH, conductivity and temperature continually with online monitors provided by RAIN (river alert information network) of which we are a member.  Now that we have to comply with SB 373, we must make some changes to the SWPP, but we will have a hard time coming up with the money and the time to do it.  The point is to determine specific parameters to monitor for according to the specific point sources present upstream.

Here, we need to keep an eye out for trucks and cars that may enter the river near the Rolwesburg bridges.  But if they spill a fuel, often it will float on the surface, and then we will start pumping from our underground water in-take if we need to.  The main thing is to just be conscientious.  We use common sense in those scenarios.

Has there ever been an unpredicted event affecting water quality at the plant?

From time to time we issue a boil water advisory, but that is not due to source water contamination.  It is usually due to a break in a water line, so there is a potential for contamination.  It is more of a precautionary step until we repair the pipes.

Most things can be treated, but it’s hard to treat water without electricity. We have to worry most about Mother Nature – she will kick your butt!

Sometimes it smells bad when driving by the treatment plant.  Why is that?

The wastewater treatment plan is right next to us, but it is not possible for the poop to contaminate our drinking water because that effluent discharges into Morgan Run which enters the Cheat downstream of our in-takes.   We have even altered the bed of the Cheat to make sure no water from Morgan Run gets near our in-takes.

Do you recreate in the Cheat River?  What is your favorite thing about the Cheat River?

I fish for trout in the Cheat, but often I don’t have the time!  I work on average 11 to 13 hours a day at the plant.

It’s a good river – we have good raw materials to work with.  The river is a living, dynamic system that changes regardless of the weather.  That keeps it very interesting.

What’s in store for the future of the Kingwood Plant?

There is always room for improvement.  This place has a lot of potential, but improvements cost money that we often don’t have.   We have good facilities and equipment here – I wouldn’t have stayed here this long if we didn’t.  I always do above-average work, or I don’t do it.

Thanks for sharing with us, Bob.

By: Kevin Ryan


Important (and Awesome!) Changes to Kroger Giving Program

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Since 2011, Friends of the Cheat has participated in Kroger’s community giving program.  We are excited to announce that the Gift Card method (Kroger Cares) has been eliminated and a much more user-friendly program has been instated.  It is now easier than ever to give back to FOC just by buying groceries and gas like you usually do!  For every $1 you spend, FOC gets $0.05 back.  Therefore, $100 in groceries = $5 to FOC…and these rewards can add up fast!

You need a Kroger Plus card to enroll in the program.  Friends of the Cheat’s organizational ID is 83139.

TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

  • Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com with your Kroger Plus card on hand.  If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter FOC’s number 83139 or name and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Cheat Canyon Preserved!

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Cheat Canyon near High Falls, photo credit Kent Mason

Cheat Canyon near High Falls, photo credit Kent Mason

Friends of the Cheat is thrilled to announce that 3,836 acres of the iconic Cheat River Canyon have been purchased by The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy for preservation, and ultimately, public use and enjoyment! Their action will protect a seven-mile stretch of the Cheat River, and most of the Canyon not already included in Cooper’s Rock State Forest and Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area. Finally, after 20 years and a few unsuccessful attempts, the land will now be protected forever!

The Canyon has been a target for conservation since 1976. The Nature Conservancy has identified the Cheat River as one of the most ecologically intact rivers in the Central Appalachians. There are no dams in the Cheat River main stem and none of the watershed’s major tributaries are dammed. The river is connected to a well-forested floodplain, and the vast majority of the watershed’s headwaters are part of the Monongahela National Forest complex.

FOC is hopeful that this is a step towards reviving commercial interest in the Canyon’s world-class whitewater, and, at some time in the future, re-opening the section of the Allegheny Trail that runs through the Canyon. The Allegheny Trail is 330 mile north-south trail through WV, which connects to the Appalachian Trail at the VA-WV border.

When complete, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will manage all 3,800 acres as a component of its Wildlife Management Area system and as a complement to the complex of public recreation lands on the lower Cheat River.

This accomplishment is a landmark event for all parties involved over the last two decades. Kudos to the staff at The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy, and specifically Rodney Bartgis and Beth Wheatley who have engaged FOC throughout this project’s long, bumpy road. FOC looks forward to the next leg of this exciting journey.

What is your vision for the Cheat River Canyon? Tell us by emailing foc@cheat.org with the subject line, Canyon Vision.

Stay up to date on this story and all FOC news by joining our e-mail list.  Go to www.cheat.org and use the sign up window in the top right corner of the page.

Press on this historic sale:

The Charleston Gazette article includes a really neat flyover of the property in Google Earth

The Dominion Post free source

Wheeling Intelligencer


WV Division of Land Restoration & Friends of the Cheat Partnership Pilot Project launch

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DEP Pilot Project Team Coordinator Owen Mulkeen gives the scoop on FOC’s exciting new collaboration:

The season change is in full swing as temperatures drop and leaves turn fiery red and yellow. Fall is everyone’s favorite season: energy is high as harvest time draws near and opportunities for outdoor pursuits abound. Likewise, excitement is brewing at Friends of the Cheat as we inaugurate a large scale service project in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. Hard work from the staff at FOC and the WVDEP Division of Land Restoration over the past year and a half is finally coming to fruition. In August, FOC hired four full-time staff members to create the WV Division of Land Restoration & Friends of the Cheat Partnership Pilot Project, under which FOC will monitor and maintain DEP water treatment facilities residing in the Cheat River basin.

FOC Field Technicians Jeremy Sidebottom, Garrett Thompson, and Chris Bern are already hard at work reducing water pollution in local streams.

FOC Field Technicians Jeremy Sidebottom, Garrett Thompson, and Chris Bern are already hard at work reducing water pollution in local streams.

This is truly an exciting opportunity for Friends of the Cheat. Our hands will physically be turning the knobs that treat acid mine drainage (AMD) right here in our backyard. Our new staff members, most of whom grew up in Preston County, are intimately and acutely aware of the consequences of AMD. Friends of the Cheat would like to welcome the new team coordinator and the three water quality technicians to the Kingwood office: Owen Mulkeen, Chris Bern, Jeremy Sidebottom, and Garrett Thompson. These four individuals will be managing the treatment facilities that dot the countryside of Preston County.

Be on the lookout for new Friends of the Cheat vehicles, and make sure to smile and wave as they’re on their way to clean up some water!


Kingwood Hike with the Preston Ramblers

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On the afternoon of Sunday, June 30th, the Preston Ramblers, a group of hikers rallied by the Preston Rail-Trail Committee (PRTC) of Friends of the Cheat, met at the future trail head of the West Virginia Northern rail-trail near the historic water tower in Kingwood. Four committee members were joined by two community members interested in learning more about the Committee’s rail-trail projects, including how they could get involved. Although it was a hot afternoon, the hikers and a canine companion had a great walk.

Group Picture

Preston Ramblers and guests get ready for a summer hike on the proposed WV Northern Trail

Preston Ramblers organize excursions on rail-trails and future rail-trails throughout the area for members of the community to get acquainted with the trails and learn more about rail-trail development efforts in Preston County. The West Virginia Northern and the Cheat River CSXT line are two rail-trail projects that the Preston Ramblers are promoting in 2013.

The group’s next hike will start from the Tunnelton end of the West Virginia Northern Railroad line, on Thursday July 11th at 6pm, meeting at the Honor Roll area in Tunnelton which is across Rt. 26 from the school. PRTC intents to look over the area and try to come up with a plan for the trail head for that area.  PRTC welcomes new people enthusiastic about the plethora of benefits that rail-trails bring to the area.  Learn more about PRTC and their efforts at www.cheat.org/recreation/trails and by joining the Preston Rail-Trail Committee group on Facebook.  PRTC meets the first Monday of each month at the Friends of the Cheat office in Kingwood at 5pm.


Ducks & Swans

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If a man fails to honor the rivers, he shall not gain the life from them. — Anonymous

I was raised on the Alabama gulf coast. As far back as I can remember, I was sporting on the water. Coastal cultures are different from inland cultures: different values, hobbies, and mannerisms. So, it has always been with a bit of trepidation that I have moved to inland cities and towns, no less so when I moved to West Virginia. Fortunately for me, I met a man named Bob Spangler. Though he claims to be from these parts, I noted a glimmer of the coast in his eye. Did I mention coastal people are a little crazy? Maybe it is all that water seeping into the brain.

Nonetheless, Bob introduced me to another kindred water spirit, Attila, who designs and manufactures inflatable kayaks. I visited his shop, Custom Inflatables, and saw first hand the care and pride his team puts into the best inflatable kayaks on the market today. Anyway, I worked out a deal on a used “ThrillSeeker,” picked up a quality marine pump and was on my way.

While I have enjoyed rafting all my life, hard boating (the graceful swans of our sport) demands a skill set that some people find more difficult to master than others. But a ThrillSeeker! I could suddenly boat in my own craft down the Cheat Canyon. While such excursions are certainly a thrill, “harrowing” is also a word that comes to mind.

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I have always enjoyed running the Narrows on my inflatable sofa: feet up, eyes on the sky; watching eagles and hawks watching us. I even invented my own water sport called “Guerilla Kayaking.” With my ThrillSeeker and pump tucked away in the trunk of my car, I can travel anywhere in America, scouting nontraditional put in and take out points. Or, I just put in. The take out takes care of itself. See, water creates community. While in landers may go about their own business, failing to look strangers in the eye, to seize the opportunities of meaningful coincidences, water people are much more sensitive to these nuances of human experience– to our interconnectedness with the natural world and with each other.

Yes, water creates community, and communities create questions: whose water is it? What are my responsibilities for stewardship of this resource? How does my relationship with the water mature?

But surely, the glory of the water is reflected in each of us, each time we choose to enjoy it in our own way. It is more than astonishing sceneries, or the mastery of mad skills. It is a heart-song we sing together: sharing paddles, food and drink, music, and remedies for poison ivy. It is a war cry: sounded and heard from a line run just so; from a friend who overcame a fear; from a drunken commercial raft who hits the rapid sideways.

Our water community is diverse. Answers to pressing questions will reflect that complexity. But we return to the water, time and time again, and each time we find our self.

Walt Turner recently retired from Bethany College where he was an Associate Professor of English.

Tundra swan photo by Derek Courtney.


Friends of the Cheat Seeks Restoration Program Manager

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February 23, 2015

Position Summary: Friends of the Cheat is a nonprofit watershed association in Preston County, West Virginia working to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed since 1995 (www.cheat.org).  In recent years, the organization has grown to a staff of 9 with active volunteer groups and diverse partners in government agencies, academic institutions, and a variety of business and non-profit stakeholders.

The Restoration Program Manager oversees all aspects of restoration projects and programs at Friends of the Cheat.  Responsibilities include program development, project management, field work, data management and analysis, organizational management and employee supervision.  The position manages complex projects spanning multiple years requiring time management and task prioritization skills as well as the ability to adaptively manage problems and setbacks.  Excellent organizational and communication skills are essential to the position.  The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Google Apps, WordPress, and ESRI ArcGIS products.  The Restoration Program Manager is supervised by the Executive Director.  Some training will be provided.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. or Masters degree in science, engineering, or related degree, stream monitoring/field work experience, and project management experience. Knowledge of chemistry, acid mine drainage, water quality, field instruments and environmental issues is preferred. Other desired skills include proficiency in MS Office productivity software (especially Excel and Access), experience with ArcGIS and Google Earth, experience with procurement of contractors and contract management, budgeting and grant management experience and excellent oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidates will be highly motivated, well organized, able to work independently, enjoy being outside, working in a team atmosphere, and have a strong desire to contribute to the organization’s mission. A valid driver’s license is required.  FOC will review applicant DMV records.

Details: Full time salaried position ($30,000 – $39,000) with paid holidays, 15 paid personal days, and flexible work schedule; health insurance; company vehicle available for travel and field work; smart phone, tablet, new computers and updated productivity software provided. Anticipated start in May, date is negotiable. Limited funds may be available for partial reimbursement of relocation expenses.  Self-directed professional development is expected and supported. Potential exists for promotion and hiring of program assistant. Opportunity to work in a fast-pace energetic team setting. Area has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, biking, paddling, fishing.

Application: E-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Kevin Ryan (kevin at cheat.org) before April 3rd 2015 for full consideration.  E-mail subject line should read “Program Manager Application”. For more information about Friends of the Cheat, visit www.cheat.org.


FOC Hiring Media Specialist – deadline 1/28/15

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Friends of the Cheat, Inc., a non-profit, grassroots, watershed group based out of Kingwood, WV seeks a dynamic individual or team to take over the daily management, planning, and development of the organization’s web and print media, including the group’s two websites, blog, Facebook pages, print and electronic newsletter, e-mail communications, and special media associated with outreach and fundraising events and opportunities.

Required Competencies

Computer Software and Content Management Systems:  MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (preferred but equivalents considered), WordPress, Google Services (Drive, Calendar, etc.)

Social Media Applications:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Excellent organizational skills

Proven ability to meet and push others to meet deadlines

Detail-oriented

Experience with journalism, peer-editing, print material layout, and an eye for design are necessary for success.  The ability to work independently while staying connected to the FOC team is key in addition to understanding non-profits and the local social landscape.  Knowledge of water, conservation, recreation, and local and state issues is also very helpful.  Superior applicants will have vision for how the position can strategically support FOC programs and initiatives.

FOC offers this position as a fixed-price contract with hours projected at up to 350-400 annually.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume, list of 3 professional references, and a minimum of 3 work examples such as:  writing samples, links to websites designed and/or managed, print and/or web material from educational, marketing, or fundraising campaigns, photography, videos, other print or web media, and presentations.  Quality over quantity preferred.  Creative applications encouraged.  Electronic and hard-copy submissions (or a combination thereof) will be accepted until Wednesday, January 28th.

Send application materials to:

Friends of the Cheat, Amanda Pitzer, Executive Director

E-mail:                                Amanda@cheat.org

Mailing Address:            Friends of the Cheat

119 South Price Street, Suite 206

Kingwood, WV 26537