West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Buckhannon River Watershed Association, hosted the West Virginia Clean Water Conference at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

Mike Youngren, filmmaker, introduced his documentary Elk River Blues.  On January 9, 2014, President Obama declared a Federal State of Emergency after a chemical used to clean coal contaminated the Elk River near Charleston, WV and affected the drinking water of more than 300,000 residents. Elk River Blues was an official selection of the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival and played to a standing room only crowd.

Following the screening a panel of experts including Angie Rosser, Executive Director of WV Rivers Coalition, and Tom Landis, City of Buckhannon Water Plant Superintendent, joined the Wesleyan faculty of Dr. Eric Waggoner, associate professor of English, Dr Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, assistant professor of environmental science, and Dr. Rob Rupp, professor of history, offered personal reflections on the events and responded to questions from the audience. 

A link is provided on this site to the Elk River Blues documentary courtesy of Mike Youngner, filmmaker.

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