Debris collection

Group to Pick Up Trash After Planned Release

 Morgantown Dominion Post
11 June 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will be releasing a small amount of debris and drift from the Morgantown Dam sometime today through Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh District public affairs office said the dam’s gates need to be inspected and the release will allow access to the gates. Bulkheads have to be set in each gate bay, and any debris blocking the slots has to be released.

The release will happen, but the date hasn’t been determined, the public affairs office said.

Boater Tim Terman said his volunteer group, the Mon River Revival, plans to clean up as much as they can after the release. They have done it after previous releases from just below the dam, along the wharf area as far as the Westover Bridge.

Terman said that after the morning release, they generally go out that evening for about four to five hours.

The Monongahela River Revival (MRR) will hold a benefit supper at the Fondue Factory on Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m., to raise funds for cleaning litter from the river.

The MRR began in 2006 to remove litter from the river, educate the public about the issue and encourage recreational use of the river. The Fondue Factory is contributing 15 percent of every check Wednesday evening to help.

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