The Human Resources Development Foundation, of Morgantown, W.Va., recently conducted a stream cleanup at Cow Creek, W.Va.
The group reportedly started at the foot of Cow Creek Mountain and cleaned the stream until it empties into Island Creek.
Johnathan Bradford, a supervisor with the Human Resources Development Foundation, explained the group functions on grants from the federal government whereby dislocated workers are given work improving their communities.
Bradford explained the grants give him “…an opportunity to hire some of these miners who have been laid off.”
Bradford added his group employs 13 men — many of whom are former coal miners.
During their cleanup efforts, workers cleared tires, trash, brush and trees from the stream.
Bradford explained the Human Resources Development Fountain will continue cleaning streams throughout Logan County.
The group has plans to extend their efforts to Mud Fork, Copperas Fork, Island Creek and Big Creek.
The cleanup effort by the Human Resources Development Foundations marks another entry in a long line of recent moves to cleanup Logan County’s rivers and streams.
On Sept. 18, the Logan Banner reported students from Man High School were preparing to clean up a seven mile stretch of the Guyandotte River from Verner to Lyburn.
To maximize their efforts, students reportedly worked with 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.
Owner of the local business KLM Worms, Laura Moore and her team of volunteers tackled a cleanup project on Island Creek at Deskins addition on Oct. 3, 2015.
The Logan County Commission and the Logan County Family Resource Network partnered with the American Rivers organization to take park in the National River Cleanup on Oct. 17, 2015.
Bradford added his group hopes to be cleaning the stream at Mud Fork by December.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]