Elections for the Buckhannon River Watershed Association's board of directors will begin at 7 p.m. today, followed by a presentation on clean streams at 7:15 p.m. in the commission meeting room on the top floor of the Upshur County Courthouse Annex in Buckhannon.
The guest speaker will be Martin Christ, Northern Basin coordinator of the Nonpoint Source Program in West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's division of water and waste management. His presentation will discuss clean streams.
Streams should be clean, Christ said, because it's the law, it's good for the economy and it's unethical to allow them to be polluted. Through the Clean Water Act, much pollution has been eliminated, and many of the nation's rivers are in much better shape. Efforts to control nonpoint source pollution are continuing to improve the streams. Nonpoint source pollution control requires a wide coalition of federal, state and local governments, along with nongovernmental organizations, volunteers, businesses and citizens in general.
Christ was an undergraduate history major and has a master's degree from Yale Forestry School and a Ph.D. In ecology from Rutgers University. His doctoral research concerned the effects of acid rain on forest soils and ecosystems.
Christ worked as a researcher and instructor at the University of Illinois and at West Virginia University. More recently, he worked as a volunteer and then as an employee of Friends of Decker's Creek until October 2012, when he went to work for the West Virginia DEP Nonpoint Source Pollution Program as the Northern Basin coordinator.
More information is available by calling G. Paul Richter at 304-472-3317.