TAYLOR COUNTY— In continuation of their efforts to improve and protect the water quality of the Tygart Valley River and its tributaries, the Save the Tygart Watershed Association (STTWA) has organized a cleanup event.
With trash being one of the largest problems within the watershed, members of the organization are preparing to tackle the problem head on, and are getting the community involve while doing so.
The organization has recently announced plans for their inaugural Save the Tygart Watershed Trash-A-Thon.
The event is slated to take place later this month, and there are two ways to participate; sign up as a collector or support a collector.
Those who wish to take part as collectors have until midnight on Wednesday, October 21 to get registered. And being a collector is as simple as hitting the banks of the Tygart or any of its offshoot, between 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 24 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, gathering harmful trash and debris.
The trash will be collected in bags that will be provided by R.E.A.P.
Interested in supporting the cause, but can’t make it out this weekend to be a collector? No problem! You can also lend a hand by becoming a sponsor.
Sponsors select a registered collector to support, and pledge a designated monetary donation per bag of waste that is gathered.
All of the funds raised will be used to support the Save the Tygart Watershed Association throughout the upcoming year.
“We’ve got two goals: cleanup our watershed and provide support for our many water quality and educational projects throughout the year,” organizers shared.
These goals have been heavy on the minds of those involved with the association since the fall of 2018, when the STTWA, along with members of the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the Northern WV Brownfields assistance center began the process of applying for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant, which is a monetary award designed to assist organizations with the cleanup of contaminated properties to be developed for future economic or recreational use.
According to the organizations webpage, the grant proposal was submitted in late January 2019 and in June of that same year, the STTWA was notified that they had been chosen as one of eight recipients of EPA Brownfields grant funds in West Virginia.
Through the grant, the STTWA was awarded $200,000 in federal funding and will provide $40,000 in matching funding or in-kind services.
Using this funding, the STTWA plans to remediate the Carr China property, which they acquired in January 2019, in preparation for redevelopment as a community recreational site, as well as a location for an STTWA office and water testing lab.
“Clean water is essential to a lot of things and is very important,” noted STTWA Executive Director Paul Baker.
If you’re interested in assisting the Save the Tygart Watershed, log on to https://go.rallyup.com/63ae61?fbclid=IwAR3EZC04OhWtlzdeD0b5UtkwFdwye5WeY6YnXNpAcbZsifR428ArcEQOfpA, and get registered as a collector or sponsor today!
For additional information, visit the STTWA on the web at https://www.savethetygart.org/.