Clinch River Valley Initiative

Clinch River Valley Initiative

Frank Dukes and colleagues at UVa’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation are working on a multi-year project to help build local economies in the coalfields of southwest Virginia with local partners focusing on the Clinch River. The biodiversity of Southwest Virginia’s Clinch River is of global significance. The Clinch River watershed supports more rare species of freshwater mussels and fish than any river system in North America.  Communities in the region wish to protect this biodiversity while encouraging economic growth in the region.

Clinch River Valley Initiative Blog