As a basic human need, fresh, clean water is one of our most precious resources. A West Virginia University alumna will return to campus on Jan. 29 to discuss the importance of protecting our waters and the steps her organization is taking to do so.

Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, will present a seminar entitled “West Virginia’s Waters: Intersections of Science, Policy and Public Consciousness,” at 11 a.m. in 334 Percival Hall on WVU’s Evansdale Campus.

The seminar is sponsored by the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the WVU Institute for Water Science and Security.

Rosser will discuss the 2014 water crisis in Kanawha County and subsequent reforms. She will also discuss the impact that policies have on everyday lives and how her organization is bridging science and policy to help everyone understand the importance of clean water.

“Science, policy and public engagement on water issues are interconnected. We’ll examine the 2014 Water Crisis as a perfect case example,” she said. “Experts, advocates, affected people, industry, government, and the media all have a role in what happens to our waters. We’re interested in how to bridge those roles to make the best decisions for the future of West Virginia’s rivers and streams.”

Rosser earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master of arts degree in organizational communication WVU. She’s experienced in policy advocacy, community organizing, coalition building and program administration.

A West Virginia native, Rosser joined WVRC as executive director in 2012 bringing a background of working in the state on social justice issues in the non-profit sector.

“WV Rivers is a voice for all who use and enjoy clean water – for healthy habitats, recreation and safe drinking, she said. “We educate the public about decisions affecting their water and how they can get involved. Some water policies are highly technical and complex, we work to translate how they relate to people’s everyday lives.”

The event is free and open to the public.



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