The Education Eddy will be a space for learning about the State of the Cheat River watershed during Cheat Fest. Inspired by Fall 2017 presentation series, the Education Eddy will be a place for Fest goers to learn more about Friends of the Cheat and our partners. Speakers will touch on all manner of environmental, science, and conservation topics. Come sit in on discussions, bring your questions and your camp chair, and enjoy rich discussion and learning! 

Any folks interested in leading discussions or giving presentations for the 2019 education eddy should contact the festival direct at!

2018 Education Eddy Schedule

11:30-11:45 – 360 Video

The WVU Strategic Communications shows their take on the significance of your Cheat Fest host, Friends of the Cheat.

11:45-12:15 – Timber rattlesnake distribution in the Cheat watershed:  is there one near you?

Learn about rattlesnake populations in our watershed and how you can help scientists understand where they live.

12:15-12:45 – A History of the Cheat River watershed with Adam Webster

Take a trip back in time with Adam Webster to learn about flora and fauna of the past, changes in the socio economic landscape, and the Cheat’s significance on the seal of West Virginia.

12:45-1:15 – What is Friends of the Cheat? with FOC Executive Director Amanda Pitzer

Learn about what FOC does with the money raised at Cheat Fest. Learn about the organization behind the fundraiser.

1:15-1:30 – How does FOC treat water? With Restoration Program Manager David Petry

Check out our newest Acid Mine Drainage treatment projects and learn about where we monitor in the watershed.

1:30-1:45 – FOC’s Partnership with the DEP and the new Fee for Service Program with FOC Associate Director, Owen Mulkeen

Have you wondered what the big green silos or those ponds are for around the watershed? Learn about FOC’s role in maintaining those treatment sites. Also, learn about our newest program, Fee for Service, and how we might be able to help you understand your drinking water quality.

1:45-2:00 – CAPABLE Citizen Science Monitoring Program with FOC Monitoring Coordinator, Madison Ball

Sign up for FOC Watershed Watch – Calling all observant river lovers! Come sign up to keep an eye on our precious river. From fracking to logging, we’re watching.

2-2:15 – Whitewater Access and Rail-Trails with Amanda Pitzer

Do you use the Cheat River? Do you want to use the Cheat River? Learn about how FOC is connecting the community to the river.

2:15-2:45 – Changing Hydrology in West Virginia with Dr. Nicolas Zegre

Learn about trends in water quantity in West Virginia as a product of climate change. Check out predictions for West Virginia’s water future.

2:45-3:00 – The People Behind Cheat Lake: CLEAR
Familiarize with the Cheat Lake Environment and Recreation Association (CLEAR). If you use Cheat Lake, you might have benefitted from a CLEAR project. Come meet the organization who leads environmental and recreational improvements at Cheat lake.

3:00-3:15 – The Cheat Lake Dam with Bob Flickner of Cube Hydro

Meet the people behind the dam. Learn about the Cheat Lake dam and bring your questions!

3:15-3:30 – How you can support our public lands with West Virginia Rivers Coalition

Get on board with the West Virginians for Public Lands Campaign!

3:30-3:45 – West Virginia Rivers Coalition Citizen Science Sign Up

If you couldn’t sign up for CAPABLE because you are a native to another watershed, check out this similar citizen science opportunity.

3:45-4:00 – 360 Video