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Cheat River Restoration Nearly Complete

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, for decades, the Cheat River and its tributaries were known for the tell-tale bright orange discoloration of acid mine drainage. Twenty-five years later, the river is on the verge of a nearly complete restoration. Much of the success is a result of a decision among regulators, scientists and a local conservation group to treat the pollution problem as an entire watershed, instead of mine by mine. Brittany Patterson takes us to Preston County to learn more.

Also on today's show, there’s a scientist in the northern panhandle who has gained international attention studying crayfish. Corey Knollinger met up with him and some of his students and colleagues to see what it is that drives him to be so passionate about crawdads.

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