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EPA Funds West Virginia Education and Revitalization Projects

Michael Virtanen
AP Photo
In this Nov. 1, 2016 photo, the Cheat River runs green and slate gray and low among brown boulders in the whitewater canyon. It was recently bought by the state and environmentalists to protect the once badly polluted river, its tributaries and wildlife.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will support three environmental education and revitalization projects in Monongalia, Preston, Tucker and Upshur Counties.

$30,000 will go to the Friends of Decker’s Creek to coordinate water quality improvement projects, including workshops, field trips, stream restoration, acid mine drainage remediation and water treatment facility improvements.    

The City of Thomas Brownfields Assessment will receive $200,000 to inventory, characterize, assess and conduct cleanup planning and community involvement related activities for sites in Thomas in Tucker County.

An additional $200,000 will fund the Upshur County Commission Brownfields Cleanup. The money will be used to tackle the County Youth Camp Tar Pit. The cleanup will expand recreational opportunities to the camp and to the broader community.

In a joint news release, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito said the projects aim to protect the state’s natural beauty and expand business and recreational opportunities within the state. 

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