West Virginia group awards $77,000 to watershed associations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia environmental group has awarded more than $77,000 in grants to 17 watershed associations that work to protect and restore state streams.

The awards were made by the West Virginia Stream Partners Program, a cooperative effort between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the state Division of Natural Resources, the state Division of Forestry and the Soil Conservation Agency.

The watershed associations received grants of up to $5,000 each.

The grant recipients are Buckhannon River Watershed Association, Coal River Group, Coal River Mountain Watch, Davis Creek, Forks of the Coal, Fourpole Creek Watershed Association, Friends of the Blackwater, Friends of Deckers Creek, Friends of the Cacapon River, Friends of the Cheat, Friends of the Hughes River Watershed, Friends of the Tug Fork, Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Morris Creek Watershed Association, Piney Creek Watershed Association, Save the Tygart and Warm Springs Watershed Association.