Mon River Summit Draws 30 People

Morgantown Dominion Post
19 May 2011
By Alex Lang

Events held on the Monongahela River bring more than $1 million is nto the local economy from, one presenter said during the sixth annual Mon River Summit.

Roughly 30 people gathered to discuss the Monongahela River and its impact on the community during the summit on Wednesday.

“I realize the value and importance of the river,” said Dave Plevich, of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Plevich talked about the economic impact the river has on the community. He said the events on the river help bring the Morgantown economy $1.2 million.

Past events have included the annual triathlon, Cabela’s King Kat fishing tournament and West Virginia Bass Federation fishing competitions.

Plevich said the CVB tries to use the river as much as possible. He added that he is talking to a few water enthusiast groups about bringing their events to the area.

The Mon River wasn’t the only waterway discussed during the summit.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District 1 Fisheries Biologist Frank Jernejcic gave a presentation on Dunkard Creek. In 2009, most of the creek’s marine life was wiped out when a toxin was released from an algae bloom.

Before his presentation, Jernejcic said the DNR was finalizing its restoration plan, but he thought it wouldn’t be finished for a couple of months.

The DNR is planning to stock some bass in the stream sometime over the next year. They want to see how that goes before moving ahead with more stocking, Jernejcic said.

The summit is a chance for the different interest groups to get face time with one another, said Wallace Venable, the technical coordinator for the Upper Monongahela River Association, which organizes the summit.

It is also a chance for different groups to look back at the past year and to speculate on the future of the waterway.