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Recent Greenbrier River conditions as reported by the USGS.
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NOAA Greenbrier River Level Predictions


Greenbrier Geocache Trail

Looking for a fun, trading platform software outdoor activity this spring?  Check out the Greenbrier Geocache Trail, developed by Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River (FOLGR)!  This new, member-driven project was created to add recreational value to our watershed, encouraging residents and visitors alike to explore its features while also educating the public about the unique history of our river. 

Geocaching is a fun, family-friendly hide-and-seek activity with GPS coordinates. People hide caches and then post real time trading platform the cache’s GPS coordinates online at  Anyone can access the website for free and search for caches (using a GPS device) that are hidden wherever they live and travel.  Caches can be of all shapes and sizes but are typically small Tupperware containers, containing a log book, small trading items (coins, buttons, etc.), and information specific to the location.  If you find a cache, you are not required to leave a trading item, but if you take one you should leave one out of courtesy to others.

The Greenbrier Geocache Trail includes 9 caches placed from Caldwell to Hinton along the Greenbrier River.  To find our caches, search for “Greenbrier Geocache Trail” at the website listed above and make an expedition of it!  If you don’t live in the lower Greenbrier River watershed, you can hide and seek caches in your area, too.

Follow this link to view the coordinates and descriptions of the Greenbrier Geocache Trail:

Public Meeting: Algae on the Greenbrier River

Thanks go to all those who attended the public meeting on Online futures trading platform March 16th.  There was a great turn out of concerned citizens, public officials, and sewage treatment plant operators.  A working group may be forming as a result of everyone wanting to work towards fixing the algae problem on the river.  If you are interested, contact FOLGR or GRWA.  If you missed the meeting, check out the video below: 

Join our Email Listserve!

Want to stay updated with FOLGR events and action alerts?  Join our email listserve by contacting Renee at  It's that simple to stay even more informed!


NEW Business Memberships

To support our efforts, we would like to invite you to join our supporting membership program on a business level.  As a business member, you will be acknowledged on our website and annually in our newsletters that are mailed to over 325 potential customers.  You will also recieve a certificate of enrollment, two votes in annual organization elections, and a choice of a FOLGR hat or t-shirt. 

Your generosity demonstrates your concern and is a direct contribution to the revitalization of our community. The membership fee is $100 and can be renewed annually.  To join, contact us at 304-445-2005 or

 Current Business Members:

Groundworks Nursery; Hinton, WV
Enchanter's Garden; Hinton, WV
Mountain State Land & Timber; Lewisburg, WV
Downstream Strategies; Alderson, WV
Mountain Resource Conservation and Develpment Area Inc.; Oak Hill, WV
Wolf Creek Lodge, Inc.; Frankford, WV
Stuart’s Hot Dawgs; Alderson, WV


WV Consumer Drug Return Parntership

“Pharmaceuticals, both the medicines your doctor prescribes and over-the-counter treatments you purchase at your local pharmacy contain powerful chemicals that can have adverse effects on the environment.  Beyond the environmental concerns posed by pharmaceuticals, unused and unwanted medicines can have catastrophic effects on communities.  Unintentional deaths through poisoning and abuse, diversion (illegal use of prescriptions) and crime all stem from excess medications in our home medicine cabinets,” West Virginia Rivers Coalition. 

To help improve water quality and eliminate these chemicals from our water supply, Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River is sponsoring the Alderson Pharmacy as a drug take-back location.  Simply bring your unused or unwanted medications, no controlled substances, to the pharmacist and they will be disposed of properly.  Our efforts are part of a larger movement in West Virginia called the WV Consumer Drug Return Partnership and is headed by the WV Rivers Coalition.  For more information contact the FOLGR office or visit  Other participating pharmacies in the area include: the Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy, the Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy Express, and the Union Pharmacy.



We have been a volunteer organization since 1990 and have since then offered membership without cost. In these difficult financial times we, the FOLGR board, have voted to take our commitment to the next level and ask that you and your family help support the work we are doing. For as little as $15 a year for an individual, $25 for a family, or $100 for a business you can become a member of FOLGR and help with the costs associated with the educational events, restoration projects, and other program costs.

You may still be a member of FOLGR if you are not able to pay the membership fee; however, you will not have a vote at member meetings.  You can sign-up online or by mailing your information and donation to:

Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River

P.O. Box 277

Alderson, WV 24910



VISTA Volunteer

My name is Renee Hemmelgarn and I am an Americorps VISTA volunteer serving with FOLGR.  VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America and its mission is to help alleviate poverty in the U.S.  I am originally from Ohio and will be serving here from May 2010 to May 2012.  I look forward to serving and meeting you over the next two years!


Marcellus Shale

Have you heard about Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling? FOLGR is very concerned about Marcellus Shale drilling.  We support and advocate for practices and regulations that maintain or improve the quality, quantity, and health of our water resources.  This type of drilling has serious water implications in the Lower Greenbrier River.  We support community efforts by providing science and data support for outreach activities and attend local meetings as an active voice.  Check out this website for more information and local updates:

The WV Rivers Coalition has completed a report on Marcellus shale for the state of West Virginia.  Follow this link for a .PDF version of the report: 


Clean Water

From a drop of water
To a flowing stream
The water in our lives
Helps us all be clean
A rushing river
A water fall
Wonders of nature
We hear the call
The essence of life
That keeps us alive
Moisture from the heavens
Is the key to survive
We dedicate this life
To this work that we do
So that our childrens future
Is a healthy one too
Clean water our mission
We educate and pursue
So that generations of young
Have this gift we leave you


FOLGR Wish List

Office Workstation  Dividers, Outdoor Web Cam, Kayaks and/or Canoes, Folding chairs for office and educational meetings.







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T-shirts, Hats, and Golf shirts are now available!  T-shirts are screen printed and can be yours for a dontation of $15.  Hats and golf shirts are embroidered; hats for a donation of $15 and golf shirts for a donation of $23.

To order call the office or email Renee at  Shipping is available but the cost will be added to the donation.  Thanks for your support!

Greenbrier Classic; Badges for Charity Program

Going to the Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament? If so, there is an easy way to donate to Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River. Instead of buying a regular ticket, buy a 'badge' in the name of FOLGR. The ticket price is the same for you, but a percentage of the proceeds come to us.

To order the badge, call 304-536-5322 or 1-877-322-2870 or use the following link:

Alderson Office

Location: on Rt. 12 in Alderson near the old stone bridge
Office Phone Number: 304-445-2005

Hours: Most weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
*Please visit!  To ensure that we are in, please call the number above.

More FOLGR Links:

Facebook Page:!/pages/Friends-of-the-Lower-Greenbrier-River/132845643414312

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   Do you love swimming in the river, fishing, boating, or just watching the passing moments of our beautiful river?  Then you qualify to be a member of FOLGR!  We are now undertaking a transformation to a full time working watershed group that is  dedicated to cleaning up the waters of the Lower Greenbrier River.   Your tax deductible donation will REALLY help! Send us a contribution to:




Or you can donate online using the fast, safe, and convienient method of PayPal. Simply Click the Donate button below!



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