UMRA Discusses Plans to Bring Gateway Clipper to Morgantown

21August 2015
By Nick Farrell

MORGANTOWN - As the summer concludes, the Upper Mon River Association is unveiling plans in the works for next year.

UMRA President Barry Pallay said the group is working with the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce to bring the Gateway Clipper to Monongalia and Marion Counties.

UMRA hopes to bring the Clipper to Morgantown and Fairmont next spring and use it to provide educational river tours and family-friendly fun.

Pallay said this could be the next step in helping regrow commerce on the Monongahela River.

“We’re looking next year at having the locks open for a longer period of time, accommodating the various opportunities that present themselves," said Pallay. "And obviously one of them is having the Gateway Clipper here and offering that to the community.”

UMRA took major steps toward growing river commerce this summer by securing funding to open the locks.

This allowed for direct transportation from Morgantown to Fairmont on the river.

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