Monongahela River Locks Are Reopened
27 June 2015
By Kalea Gunderson
The Mon River is the source of water to over 100,000 residents,
but it's usefulness goes much farther. The locks on the river will
now be opened to allow commerce and recreation that wouldn't be
Elected officials of the city of Morgantown, Granville and Star
City, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, a representative
of WVU and others took a cruise on the Monongahela River in the 52
foot coastal cruiser, the Enchantress. The Upper
Monongahela River Association sponsored the tour to review just
how important the river is to the region and to celebrate the
reopening of the locks on the river.
We have a group of elected officials the four mayors, the
president of the chamber of commerce many other officials were
touring the upper mom river looking and reviewing the importance
of the river to our way of life," said President of the Upper
Monongahela River Association, Barry Pallay.
Several cities and towns came together to form this coalition two
years ago and are finally seeing the results through reopening the
river. The river is used for industrial purposes, but also
recreation such as bass fishing tournaments, boating and crew
"So it's really important for all of these uses that the locks are
open. It's what makes the river navigable so that people who want
to use the river can use it, so it's been very important and very
desirable to get everyone working together and contributing so
that we can keep this resource for our own use and not have our
river essentially shut down," Mayor of Morgantown, Jenny Selin
The Upper Monongahela River Association has several other
initiatives in the works to enhance the region.
For information on Mon. River access, visit uppermon.org.