To kick off West Virginia's celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the Department of Environmental Protection plans an open house for its water resources office.

The DEP's Division of Water Resources is hosting an open house to provide citizens a glimpse of how the staff works to protect and restore the state's surface and ground waters.

The open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Braxton Middle School in Flatwoods.

Division of Water Resources staff will be on hand to showcase their work through displays and presentations. Hands-on activities for children and adults will also be part of the event.

"We wanted to bring the Division of Water Resources to the people of West Virginia," said Division of Water Resources Director Allyn Turner. "We're hosting our open house in Flatwoods, a central location in the state, so people can see what we do and not have to travel to Charleston."

The open house kicks off a month-long celebration of 30 years of clean water, part of a national celebration in honor of the Clean Water Act, created in 1972. The agency will be taking part in a variety of activities throughout October to promote awareness of West Virginia's water resources.

"Governor Wise and I signed a proclamation not only designating 2002 as the Year of Clean Water, but also October as the Month of Clean Water," said DEP Cabinet Secretary Michael O. Callaghan. I encourage everyone to look up a local watershed association and get involved, or go on one of many free tours of wastewater treatment plants around the state to learn more about our efforts to protect streams through water pollution control permitting."

For more information, visit DEP's website at http://www.dep.state.wv.us, or call (304) 558-4253. For more information on the Year of Clean Water, go to http://www.yearofcleanwater.org.

Jessica Welsh Greathouse
Chief Communications Officer
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

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