Lockmaster: Not Responsible For Trash Pick-up
Morgantown Dominion Post
24 June 2014
MORGANTOWN — The Monongahela River had large amounts of debris and
trash — ranging from car tires to plastic bottles — floating
through the Morgantown section of the river on Tuesday, June 24.
The Morgantown Lock and Dam released debris and trash because the
lift chains needed to be lubricated to keep them working properly,
Bob Smith, area lockmaster of the Upper Monongahela River, said.
“They’re out in the weather continually, which requires them to
receive periodic lubrication on all the joints, so they don’t hang
up,” he said.
By raising the gates, the trash and debris that is held by the
gates gets released downstream into the Mon. It is uncertain
whether anyone will pick up the trash.
However, Smith said the cleanup process is not his responsibility
and he is clueless as to whether a single item will be picked from
“I have no clue, I couldn’t tell you. In the past, there were
efforts to try to pick up as much as they could, but as far as
this time — I really couldn’t tell you,” he said. “It’s not my
responsibility to ensure that it is picked up.”