UMRA Takes 'Victory Lap' with Elected Officials Through Mon
20 June 2015
By Nick Farrell
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STAR CITY - Last month, the Upper Mon River Association and Army
Corps of Engineers announced and agreement to keep two locks on
the Monongahela River open during select weekends this summer.
Saturday, elected officials who worked together to ensure that
agreement took a tour of the river.
Representatives from Monongalia and Marion counties traveled on
the river with UMRA members and president Barry Pallay. Funding
from the area will open the Hildebrand and Opakiska locks this
summer, making river travel from Morgantown to Fairmont possible.
Pallay called the tour a "victory lap," saying its time to dream
up new ways to utilize the river.
“It's [time] to open a new chapter in our efforts here," said
Pallay. "We've been underway negotiating the reopening of the
locks for two years – and we've succeeded now. The most important
part now is to re-grow commerce and recreation and development on
the upper Mon River.”
The partnership between UMRA and local officials was also
supported at the state level.