Wrapping Up 2015 and Looking Forward to the New Year
Since 1994, Friends of Cheat has been working to fulfill its mission of restoring, preserving, and promoting the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed. As a supporter of our organization, you may wonder exactly what that means. The quick answer is that without your support – your financial contributions, your volunteering, your help spreading the word about our work – without you, our mission would mean very little. Our successes, our needs, and the river we all love – depend on your help. Conversely, this mission is a reflection of the many achievements Friends of Cheat can accomplish with your support.
Over the years, the backing and financial contributions of supporters like you has ultimately allowed our organization to expand its programming and make impactful on-the-ground improvements in the watershed. Today, because of you, we are engaged in all the core actions of our mission statement.
In just the last year, your financial contributions have helped Friends of the Cheat:
- Implement a new acid mine drainage treatment system, with cooperation of private landowners, that will help restore water quality on the North Fork of Greens Run; complete treatment system improvements designed to sustain and boost continued water quality improvements to Sovern Run and Big Sandy Creek; and, secure funding for ongoing and future restoration projects including a detailed assessment of the Big Sandy Creek watershed and timely maintenance and data collection at nearly 30 additional water treatment sites throughout the watershed by our expert team of water monitoring staff.
North Fork – JVFP Out
North Fork – AVFP Out
North Fork – Wetland Out
- Purchase and preserve 10 miles of trail corridor between Kingwood and Tunnelton and secure $420,000 for phase one construction of the West Virginia Northern Rail-Trail; work cooperatively with American Whitewater and the Town of Hendricks to preserve paddling access along the Black Fork in Tucker County; and, explore conservation partnerships with new groups including the WV Land Trust and private landowners.
Dr. Emory Kemp and Lynn Stasick (PAWV) stand next to the century old water tower.
- Celebrate our community and promote the Cheat River as a recreational resource at the most successful Cheat River Festival to date (save the date for Cheat Fest 2016 – May 7th!); execute improvements at the Rockville whitewater access; and further promote outdoor recreation by coordinating the Meet the Cheat community paddle drawing over 50 paddlers of all ages and skill levels and participating in the Preston County portion of West Virginia’s first annual cycling sojourn which attracted over 80 cyclists from all over the U.S to local rail-trails.
If you have taken a lazy float down the Upper Cheat, a hike through the Canyon, spent a weekend kayaking steep creeks, fished the tributaries or main stem, enjoyed a day of swimming or boating in Cheat Lake, or just escaping to a place that only you know about, you understand what the Cheat River watershed has to offer.
As we wrap up another year, we ask that you make a contribution that will help us keep and build the momentum that is shifting the Cheat River toward becoming the community resource that we have always believed it should be.