Thursday, April 15, 2010

Early this week the Corps of Engineers let litter through the Morgantown Dam, and this is the result as of Thursday morning, April 15.

(click the photos to see clearly).

A tragedy.

We had done a river cleanup Sunday, and we thought things were in pretty good condition along the river banks in Morgantown. Our next cleanup would take us above the dam. But now, it's an absolute mess. Just in time for spring. We were talking about when the black locust trees would bloom and how beautiful that would be along the river. But now...

Please watch the 1 minute slide-show. UPDATE: Ralph Larue's BOPARC crew has done a lot of work today, and much of this is gone. There's still more for a cleanup this evening, April 15. Morgantown Marina, by the railtrail Subway. 5 p.m. at the dock.

Well, we need some help here. I'm planning an emergency cleanup tonight, Thursday, April 15 and tomorrow, Friday April 16. Starting at the marina behind the Boathouse Bistro (near the Subway in the Wharf District). Please call me at 304 276-8306 if you can join the cleanup crew. Some of this has gone downstream, and someone also cleaned up an area near Decker's Creek. But it's still real bad. I have gloves, grabbers, bags and a boat. I need two to four people each evening. I should mention that someone has cleaned up the point above Decker's Creek since Wednesday evening. Thanks!

We need for the Corps to inform us when the debris behind the dam is going to be let go!


  1. John & Janet CampbellApril 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    We've seen everything from tires on rims to an RC Cola machine visible from the rail trail just south of Opakispie lock and dam. Many, many tires and plastic bottles, barrels and balls. Just a shame to see all this junk in and around our beautiful Mon River!

  2. John and Janet, thanks for the comment. My "dream" is to coordinate a continuous river cleanup from Fairmont down to the WV border with PA. I'd just love to get that junk. Unfortunately, I don't have the financial wherewithal....


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