Working to Restore, Preserve and Promote the Outstanding Natural Qualities of the Cheat River since 1994


Friends of the Cheat is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit watershed group working to restore a river damaged by a legacy of irresponsible land use practices; preserve the health and integrity of the watershed against future degradation; promote the watershed as a haven for beauty and recreation; and educate the community on our work and the economic, cultural, and aesthetic value of clean water

Since the formation of Friends of the Cheat (FOC) in 1994, the organization’s primary focus has been addressing the severe acid mine drainage (AMD) pollution issues in the lower reaches of the watershed.  Through coalition building, collaboration, and the implementation of AMD treatment systems, the Cheat River–named one of the country’s most endangered rivers in 1995–is once again alive with life.  FOC works with state and federal agencies to coordinate reclamation and remediation efforts, academic institutions to facilitate research projects, and a variety of other stakeholders from the business and non-profit sector.

Stay up-to-date with Friends of the Cheat through the 2020 State of the Watershed Trifold – packed full of information about our organization, programs, and projects.

State of the Cheat River Watershed


Produced in the spring of 2018 by WVU School of Journalism’s “New Media” Student Club, this short 360 video employs cutting edge technology – allowing the viewer to be immersed in remote sites such as Lick Run, and our Railroad Refuse Site.  While viewing the 360 video, use your mouse or trackpad to move the video around for the full effect.

Restoring water quality alone will not solve the long-term problems and ongoing challenges the Cheat watershed faces.  FOC works to educate the public on local and regional issues, best management practices, and environmental stewardship in addition to providing and promoting opportunities to appreciate our natural resources through outdoor recreation.