Save-the-date: The next Clinch River Valley Initiative meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6th. Stay tuned for additional details. The meeting summary from the September 12th meeting in Richlands is available at this link, including information about resources and funding for downtown revitalization and stormwater projects, as well as about the Virginia Scenic Rivers program. 

We are delighted to share the first installment of the new Clinch River article series from the CRVI Water Quality Action Group - "Currently on the Clinch".  Check out the entire first edition at this link.

Environmental Education Curriculum Guide 

The CRVI Environmental Education Action Team, in partnership with Friends of Southwest Virginia and with funding by the Virginia Environmental Endowment, has produced a curriculum guide for educators across the Clinch River Valley and beyond. Teach The Clinch takes both newly-developed and "tried and true" science curricula and adapts them to the Clinch River Valley, using the watershed's unique organisms and ecosystems to introduce broader scientific concepts to students. Teach The Clinch was composed by Carol Doss and Christopher Anama-Green with guidance from action team members and provides curricula that can be used both in K-12 educators' classrooms and at the new Clinch River Ecological Center in St. Paul. The guide is free and can be viewed and downloaded at

Check out the new "Tastes of the Clinch" map! It highlights locally owned restaurants and access points to the river. More information can be found under "Events and News" and at the Heart of Appalachia website.

Celebrations for the induction of Honaker, Tazewell, Dante, Richlands, and Cedar Bluff into Hometowns of the Clinch will be coming soon!