What We Do

The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative is a group of professionals from varying agencies and organizations who
work together to…
  • Develop a common understanding: CPCRI is a forum to develop a common understanding of aquatic species and water quality trends in the Clinch-Powell watershed. We seek to implement science-based strategies to solve problems.
    • The CPCRI holds bi-annual strategic planning meetings. Our steering committee and working teams provide updates on projects and activities, and develop long-term work plans. Details from recent meetings are available here.planting mussels
  • Create symposia on key watershed issues to serve as information-sharing platforms: CPCRI members and affiliates organize symposia to address key land use questions and issues. All stakeholders should have access to information needed to make sound decisions.
    • The CPCRI held its first symposium in September 2007 to provide a forum for presentations and discussion on the interaction of coal mining and aquatic environments (more)
    • The second symposium was held on May 25-26, 2010. The meeting addressed how the “built environment” (towns, roads, etc.) affects water quality and aquatic systems (more)
  • Analyze existing data to identify Healthy Watersheds: CPCRI is collaborating with the US EPA Office of Water to utilize existing partner data sets to identify the healthiest sections of the Clinch Powell River System.   Once identified, these areas will become priorities for increased protection through both regulatory and non-regulatory tools. This effort is conducted by the Healthy Watersheds Team(more).
  • Implement cutting edge science to understand water quality problems: CPCRI conducts the scientific research needed to identify critical pollutants and other factors which affect the health of rare mussels and other aquatic species.  This research supports our science-based conservation efforts and decision making in the Clinch-Powell watershed. This task is addressed by the Science Team (more).
  • Foster collaboration and dialogue among regulatory agencies: CPCRI encourages open information sharing and planning among state and federal agencies with Clean Water Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and Endangered Species Act responsibilities.
  • handful of mussels_smImplement successful conservation and restoration projects: CPCRI partners collaborate to protect significant natural areas, restore streams, assist willing landowners with best agricultural practices, reclaim abandoned mined lands, and conserve key cave and karst features that provide water quality benefits to the Clinch Powell river system.
  • Augment rare and declining freshwater mussel populations: CPCRI freshwater mussel specialists are employing a variety of augmentation techniques to increase the density and diversity of globally rare freshwater mussels species found in the Clinch and Powell Rivers.   This effort is led by the Mussel Recovery Group. (For more information, see “Freshwater Mussel Restoration,” Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.)
  • Share information with other stakeholders: CPCRI distributes information to stakeholders (local governments, residents, concerned citizens, educators, business interests, etc.) that have not traditionally been involved in conservation discussions. The Outreach Team is charged with this task (more).