A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
The Environmental Safeguards Group (ESG) is the primary body within the Department of the Interior that helps draft and implement policies and procedures related to ESF #11 NCH, coordinates the annual call for volunteers within the Department’s Bureaus, and organizes the response effort when ESF #11 NCH is activated.
The ESG is composed of members representing each of the Bureaus within the Department, as well as Offices under the Secretary. They represent their Bureau within the group, and interface with their Bureau’s Executive Agent to decide what resources are available to be pledged to ESF #11 NCH response work.
The ESG meets monthly with the National NCH Coordinator to discuss ESF #11 NCH matters and to ensure that the group is prepared to respond to any activation that may occur.