Since 1995, Canaan Valley Institute has been dedicated to providing Central Appalachia with clean rivers and streams. We adamantly believe clean water is vital to encourage healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities throughout the region.  At CVI, we strive to restore compromised land and streams to the natural conditions that are healthier for plants, animals, and people. We work with communities to improve sanitation through removal of straight pipes that dump raw sewage into streams and failing septic systems, which raises the standard of living and increases local morale. Finally, we work with local schools to enhance science education and provide meaningful outdoor educational experiences for students and teachers. To stay up to date with all of our exciting projects, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter.


What We Do…

Habitat Restoration:

Improving Stream Quality


Reducing Water Pollution

Outreach and Education:

Exploring Our Ecosystem

CVI’s greatest assets are our partners; a dedicated and diverse group of individuals and organizations who firmly believe that local people can make a difference in solving their communities’ environmental concerns.


CVI has an exemplary staff dedicated to our mission!

Our staff are able to identify creative solutions to our area’s water quality issues. Our projects have allowed us to help communities throughout the mid-Atlantic region become happier, healthier, and safer for this and future generations.


—Gail Berrigan
Executive Director

Measurable Results

Since 2014

20 +

Stream Miles Restored

10,500 +

People Reached Through CVI’s Environmental Education 

711 +

Environmentally Friendly Septic Tanks Installed 

170 +

Acres of Riparian Enhancement

Partner Feedback

“CVI has become a valuable partner to TSWCD, and the landowners in Tazewell County, to protect our water resources.”

Mike Horne

Conservation Technician- Tazewell Soil & Water Conservation District

“This non-profit organization truly understands the need for clean, healthy watersheds, and we value our strong partnership with CVI.”

Bill Kittrell

Regional Fisheries Manager- Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

“Thanks to Canaan Valley Institute, fishermen like us will be able to catch healthier fish in the well managed waters of Southwest Virginia!”

Rodney Baker

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