Welcome to the New River Gorge...
New River Gorge can be a fun place IF you remember some simple rules that can keep you safe...
1) If you go on a rafting trip listen carefully to your guide and know what to do in case of an emergency like the raft turning over or getting caught between some rocks. Death from drownings on the New River happen every year.
2) Don't go out at night unless you're with a group or at an sanctioned event. Danger is present both on and off the river. Crime against tourists has been reported. Don't carry cash.
3) Please stay off the New River Gorge Bridge. It's dangerous and illegal to walk out onto for a 'better view'. Use the offical scenic views.
4) Be watchful of hotel bedbugs and an alarming increase in METH labs.
5) Have fun while on the New RIver, but don't pass up some of the better State Parks in West Virginia that offer a more Family Friendly atmosphere.
NEWS! A Michigan woman has died from jumping into the New River Gorge. WCHS-TV
In Other News: The number of people showing symptoms during water crisis is much higher than previously reported. Check WOWK TV for further details.
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March 24, 2017
Trump reverses water quality regulations for Coal Companies
Recent law changes by President Trump now once again allow coal companies (and golf courses) to dump sludge (aka, coal slurry waste) into rivers and streams. Therefore, if you get into the water on New River be sure to wash properly with non-phosphate soap once you leave the river. At this point it is not known the size of fish kills that are expected or the safety of eating them. Ask your group leader for guidance.
West Virginia's Newest
Coal Slurry Spill.
PEYTONA, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection began an investigation Thursday into the cause of a coal slurry leak in Boone County.
The waste leaked into Crooked Run near Peytona. Crooked Run flows into Drawdy Creek, which feeds into the Coal River.
An Imminent Harm Cessation Order was issued for the Admiral Processing operation. The amount of coal slurry leaked is being investigated.
DEP blames coal-mine spill on vandalism
About 1,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide solution leaked from a storage tank at a closed Kanawha County coal mine, apparently after someone shot two holes in the tank, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Monday. The incident occurred at the former Catenary Coal operation in the Blue Creek area.
ERP Environmental Fund now owns the site and uses the 20 percent solution of sodium hydroxide in treatment of long-term, mine-related water pollution.
Level 1 Alert!
If you plan on visiting Southern WV this year you may want to bring your own bottled water and survivial gear. Historic flooding has knocked out much of the river activities for the forseeable future. WV officials are not sure how much water damage has occurred nor how long the rivers will take to clean up.
Please be safe.