Addressing water quality issues may seem like a daunting task, but when water quality impairments are identified and prioritized, clean water initiatives become more manageable. In May of 2009, PAN’s Wolf Creek Watershed Based Plan was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III, making PAN eligible to receive federal funding through the Clean Water Act.

Having a watershed-based (WBP) plan approved is a major milestone for any watershed organization and a key component to managing water resources. The document outlines all the water quality impairments within the watershed and the management strategies to remediate these impacts. The watershed-based plan covers the entire Wolf Creek watershed in Fayette County from the headwaters near Oak Hill to its confluence with the New River near Fayette Station Bridge. Streams within the Wolf Creek watershed are impaired by high levels of iron, aluminum, low pH, and fecal coliform bacteria. In addition, biological impairments are caused by organic enrichment and sedimentation. Every year West Virginia is allocated millions of dollars (around 4 million this year) of federal funds for the Clean Water Act, section 319 program. Section 319 grants are for non-point source pollution management. Approval of a WBP allows organizations to seek federal monies, specifically, grant programs like section 319.

Download The Wolf Creek Watershed Based Plan

David Mould (from Athens, OH) calling to the music of The Contrarians: Paul Epstein (fiddle); John Longwell (mandolin, fiddle, banjo); Gary Reynolds (guitar, keyboard, trumpet); and Will Carter (bass).


Admission and more: $10 General Admission; $8 seniors (65+) and kids (12 and under)


Please bring a pair of dancing-only shoes (CLEAN, soft-soled) and if you can and/or desire, a hands only snack to share with fellow dancers.


For More Information about the PAN contra dance, including driving directions, maps, etc. please call our Fayetteville office at 304.574.4726


PAN (Plateau Action Network) is a community watershed organization and citizens coalition whose mission is to promote responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management in the New River Gorge Region.



March 28 (Saturday) • 7:30 – 10:30

*Beginners come at 7:00 to get your dance legs on!



Dining Hall of the

Fayette County Park

Beckwith, WV

8.5 miles Northwest of Fayetteville

This year we are giving you more ways to get inspired and take action. Join us, for the 5th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, at the Old River’s campground on Friday, August 10th. This year the film festival will kick of the New River Festival. Admission to the film festival will also get you into the entire week of the New River Festival! All proceeds benefit local watershed protection.

Socialize – Friday, August 10th – 6:30 pm


Last year’s social was a good time and we want to make it happen again. This year Bridge Brew Works will be providing the beverages, and you can enjoy local brews while watching the films!

Films – Friday, August 10th – 8:00 pm


Friday’s program will kick off the New River Festival. Two hours of inspiring films will get you charged up for the weekend! Take a sneak peak at a few of the films we will be showing this year.

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Film: “Chimera”




Chimaera is a utopia. A dream or fantasy. Mythologically, it references a fusion of forms that is the personification of winter. By slowing down our perception of reality we get a unique look at a skier’s life.


Film: “Seasons” (Winter)




Brian Ward discovers an unexpected and new-found love for water in its frozen and expanded form.


Film: “Chasing Water”




Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the southwest. It is not the longest or largest U.S. river, but it is one of the most loved and litigated in the world. Today, this resource is depleted and stressed. Follow its path with an artistic, aerial view on a personal journey to understand this national treasure. McBride teamed up with his bush-pilot father to capture unique footage and also shadowed the adventure of Jon Waterman who became the first to paddle the entire length of the river.


Film: “One Plastic Beach”




Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic Richard and Judith pick up comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find washed up, raising a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas.


Film: “Weed War”




One man’s obsession to do his part for the environment using weed-eating goats to control noxious invaders in the Rocky Mountains. A profile on Mark Harbaugh, Patagonia fly fishing rep and goat rancher.


Film: “Kadoma”




On this ultimately tragic expedition, Hendri’s own words will always ring true: “Some of the things that we’re about to witness are so intense and horrible that they should stop the show; but they don’t. People still laugh and dance. Yes the bad things happen, but so do the good things, the amazing things, and the show goes on.”

Come Celebrate the Spirit of the New with the New River Clean Water Alliance!


Join the New River Clean Water Alliance for the 1st annual New River Festival on August 10-12, 2012 featuring a Friday night film festival, Saturday live music, puppet parade, field trips, clinics and Sunday you can choose to go down the New River in a rafting trip that also benefits the Clean Water Alliance…


All proceeds from the festival benefit the nonprofit members of the New River Clean Water Alliance working to clean up the lower New River and its tributaries.


Admission: $10 individual and $15 family. Or you can become a Friend of Clean Water for $20 that includes festival registration and receive updates and information regarding progress of the New River Clean Water Alliance. Register online: here


Fundraising Event to help keep PAN sustainable. The money raised from this event will help fund staff positions and projects within the Wolf Creek Watershed. All proceeds benefit local watershed protection. Read More