The condition of rivers and creeks in Logan County has become an issue which several parties are beginning to address. Groups who have started the charge to clean up parts of Island Creek and the Guyandotte River usually operate on the premise that while the water habitats in the county are beautiful and offer potential for business and tourism, pollution in the streams can often bottleneck their potential.
The groups addressing the problem of rivers and streams polluted with trash represent different segments of society from school children, government representatives and private businesses.
On Sept. 18, the Logan Banner reported students from Man High School were preparing to clean up an eight mile stretch of the Guyandotte River from Verner to Lyburn. Student’s in Billy Dickerson’s Environmental Earth Science class addressed the Logan County Board of Education with their plan to remove tires from the river, and the group informed the board they had secured involvement from local fire departments, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Logan County Commission and the Logan County Solid Waste Authority.
At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Logan County Commission (LCC), State Senator Art Kirkendoll spoke about the importance of cleaning up riparian habitats throughout the county saying, “I want to clean the Guyandotte River up with the help of the LCC, the DNR (Division of Natural Resources) and DEP (Department of Environmental Protection)…Why can’t we have boating, inner tubing and everything to where we can tell our people coming in and staying for the Hatfield and McCoy Trails that we have a race track and kayaking…We can double the economic impact of what we’re doing with the Hatfield and McCoy Trails if we put all these amenities together.”
Laura Moore owns a local company that makes soft plastic fishing bait. KLM Worms is based in the Verdunville area of Logan County. To help her test the baits she produces, Moore often enlists the help of 25 children she calls her junior pro staff team. It was while she was taking the junior members of her team fishing that Moore says she found the habitats around local streams were sometimes made too dangerous by pollution for children to safely fish. To remedy this problem and provide a safe places anglers along Island Creek, Moore has organized a cleanup of Island Creek from the Deskins Addition area of Logan to where Island Creek empties into the Guyandotte River.
The cleanup is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Saturday Oct. 3, and anyone who who wishes to volunteer needs only to show up at Gaylock’s Wrecker Service in Deskins Addition.
Moore added, “I would like to thank the DEP’s REAP program for donating bags and gloves, Nichole Adkins at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Ray Perry with the Solid Waste Authority, everyone on my junior pro staff team and pro staff team and their parents and Paul Gaylock for letting us park on his property. We look forward to getting our hands dirty and doing our part in cleaning up Island Creek.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]