UMRA Granted Award from Army Corps of Engineers

2 July 2015
By Nick Farrell

MORGANTOWN - Local leaders who partnered to open the locks on the Monongahela River this summer have received a prestigious award.

The Army Corps of Engineers presented the Commander's Award for Public Service to the Upper Mon River Association.

The award recognizes the partnership between UMRA and elected officials in North Central West Virginia. After two years of negotiations, the partnership led to the reopening of the locks this summer.

“In all those locks that the corps has closed across the county, maybe upwards of 70, this is a model they can replicate elsewhere to reopen the locks to re-grow commerce and recreation in their area,” said Barry Pallay, UMRA president.

Contributed funding from this partnership has allowed the Army Corp of Engineers to open the Hildebrand and Opakiska locks this summer, making river travel from Morgantown to Fairmont possible.

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