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In many ways, the Ohio River is an unsung resource for the region it serves. The Ohio’s near-thousand-mile course flows through Pennsylvania and five other states before emptying into the Mississippi. It’s a source of drinking water for more than five million people. But its long legacy as a “working river” has also made it the most polluted in the country. Today, many cities and towns along the Ohio are rethinking their relationship to the river—and weighing how a large-scale restoration effort could be critical to the region’s future. But just how do we get there?

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A new report finds water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it's been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation's largest estuary improves.

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans 64,000 square miles in parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. It supports fishing, farming, shipping and tourism.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced $12 million in federal grants for 12 water and sewer projects, including $1.3 million to help replace a sewer system in McDowell County that allows raw discharges into the Clear Fork River.

Others include $1.5 million for Cairo's repair of its sewage treatment plant, $1.5 million for Chapmanville's improvement of its water system and $1.5 million for Clay's construction of nearly 4.5 miles of new water lines.

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A small city in southern West Virginia is telling residents not to drink tap water because of possible contamination.

The city of Gary issued the warning Friday evening, saying there's a possible introduction of "coal refuse" into the city's raw well water source.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra takes a look at the race for Attorney General and Glynis Board reports on lingering water contamination from a toxic chemical called C-8.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, in partnership with producers of The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh, West Virginia Public Broadcasting begins a new series of reports about the Ohio River called “Headwaters.”

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Prosecutors say another former water testing lab employee is expected to plead guilty in a false sampling scheme for southern West Virginia coal mines.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that federal court documents filed Thursday show John Brewer reached a proposed plea agreement on one count of falsifying water sample reports.

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Health officials have lifted the "do not drink" water advisory that had been in place in part of Wood County for nearly three months.

The News and Sentinel reports that Wood County Health Department Director Drema Mace announced the lifting of the advisory on Tuesday at the Vienna Utility Board office.

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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Charleston native Alec Ross about this new book “The Industries of the Future,” a guidebook for young West Virginians seeking job opportunities.  That’s coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Residents in West Virginia's second-largest city are being told to boil their water as a precaution after a large water main break along one of Huntington's main roads.

West Virginia American Water issued the advisory Tuesday afternoon a few blocks from the Marshall University campus. Motorists were asked to avoid the area along 3rd Avenue, which was covered in a few feet of water.

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The town of Union has secured funding for a water project that will extend service to one of Monroe County's largest private employers.

The funding package includes an $826,400 grant announced last week by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and a $1 million grant earlier this year from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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The Kanawha County Commission and the city of Charleston have filed petitions to intervene in West Virginia American Water's rate case.

The state's largest water utility is seeking Public Service Commission approval for a 28 percent rate increase. The company attributes the proposed increase to previous system improvements and future planned projects.

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Two West Virginia localities will share more than $1.1 million in funding for water infrastructure products.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the Appalachian Regional Commission grants Wednesday.

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Charleston and Kanawha County officials are open to a public takeover of the region's drinking water system.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones say they are very dissatisfied with West Virginia American Water Co.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we begin a year long look at the state’s roads, bridges, water resources, broadband accessibility in a series called “Bridging the Gap: A Deeper Look into West Virginia’s Infrastructure.  Today, Ashton Marra reports from Boone County about a water project.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


January 2nd of 2014 the Lisby Pad explosion spilled an unknown amount of "black sludge" associated with a horizontal drilling site in Tyler County into a feeder stream of a local municipality's source water stream.
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State senators in Charleston took action this week to roll back aboveground tank regulations put in place after last year’s chemical spill which contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.

Water Outages and Advisories Continue in W.Va. Coalfields

While the chemical spill in Charleston left more than 300,000 without usable water, it's a problem that folks in the coalfields deal with on a regular basis.

Last week, we heard stories of the water smelling of licorice, emptied shelves once stocked with bottled water, and other quests for clean water.  The water crisis in West Virginia's capital city lasted just a few weeks, but folks in the coalfields continue to deal with boil water advisories and outages.

Mountainous regions like southern West Virginia have an abundance of water, but the terrain along with aging infrastructure have been creating access issues for decades. Many of the current water systems in place today in the coalfields were installed in the early 1900's by coal companies. Coal operators, jobs, and most people left the area, leaving remnants of a once bustling economy including some beautiful buildings, coal tipples, and water systems. 

For some communities a boil water advisory is a way of life, like in Keystone, West Virginia, in McDowell County, where residents have been on an advisory since 2010. The town's neighboring sister city, Northfork, has been on a boil water advisory since 2013.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re marking the one-year anniversary of the Elk River Chemical Spill in Charleston, W.Va. that temporarily left 300,000 without water.

Remembering West Virginia Native, "Little" Jimmy Dickens