Riverfest educates and celebrates clean water


BUCKHANNON — The 5th Annual Buckhannon Riverfest was held on Saturday, as locals and visitors celebrated at the Riverwalk next to our valued source of clean drinking water—the Buckhannon River.

The event was also live-streamed, and is still available, on the Buckhannon Riverfest Facebook event page. West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance teamed up to emphasize and advocate for the importance of protecting our drinking water resources, and to educate the public on ways to contribute. Riverfest 2021 was held in memory of the event’s founder, April Pierson-Keating, who passed away in 2019.

Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance hosted fun and engaging events throughout the day, including yoga with Susan Harsh, an interfaith water blessing, and live music by Seth Maynard and the Elk River Ramblers. Attendees enjoyed community, education, and celebration for the blessings waterways bring to humanity.

“We can do our part to protect the Buckhannon River as a drinking water source by keeping litter out of the river and reporting any potential pollution,” expressed Autumn Crowe, Staff Scientist for the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. “The City of Buckhannon does an excellent job in providing clean drinking water to the community, but clean water depends on all of us.”

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