|Plateau Action Network|
Mission:"The Plateau Action Network is a citizen's coalition working within the community to promote responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management."
In 1997, a group of concerned citizens decided to hold a meeting to address the effects of proposed power lines, which would have impacted a scenic area on the Meadow River. One hundred people came to this meeting and provided the seed support for the birth of the Plateau Action Network. Keep the “Meadow River… Like it is!” This project centralized community efforts into what is now PAN. In 1998, with the help of citizen donations and the WV Rivers Coalition, an all volunteer watershed group, the Plateau Action Network, was incorporated and obtained nonprofit status.
A vision was agreed upon, "to promote responsible economic development while supporting sustainable environmental management within our watershed." Incorporated in 1998, PAN has been involved in a variety of projects and issues related to watersheds and the communities within them. These issues vary from powerline routes through scenic and sensitive areas, proposed gas line routes, water quality issues (wastewater treatment and management, acid mine drainage, flooding, and stormwater management), long term planning efforts within the county (e.g. land use, zoning and building codes), and responsible economic development. PAN has sucessfully worked with local, state and federal agencies to help improve the quality of life for the citizens of Fayette County.
In 2002, PAN moved into a permanent office space and after four interns gained their first AmeriCorps OSM/VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America, 2005). Following the approval of the Wolf Creek Watershed-Based Plan in May of 2009, PAN hired their first paid staff member (Watershed Coordinator, November 2009) to oversee implementation of the plan. PAN continues to press forward with water quality improvement projects, to be a visionary and voice for the community, and where necessary, an intermediary between government, business and the citizens of Fayette County.