Cleaning Up Morgantown's Waterways 1 Piece of Trash at a Time

Jul 30, 2019

On this West Virginia Morning, the latest episode of Inside Appalachia focuses on some of the region’s waterways.

While the Mountain State is blessed with an abundance of beautiful streams and rivers, it’s not hard to find areas littered with trash, too. And rainy weather can easily wash these remnants into the waterways, contaminating the river ecosystems, and posing a health risk to people.

One man in Morgantown has taken it upon himself to clean up the trash in his area, sometimes using unconventional methods. Folklife reporter Caitlin Tan brings us the story.

You can listen to more stories about some of our area’s rivers and lakes on our recent episode of Inside Appalachia.

Also on today’s show, stereotypically, nursing home patients are thin and frail. But today, up to 30 percent of nursing home residents can actually be obese. The shift in weight causes some real logistical issues for caretakers. Kara Lofton spoke to a West Virginia University professor who is working on research about the best way nursing homes can adjust for the change.

And earlier this year, eight girls from Lincoln County High School went on an adventure out West, made possible by a nonprofit called Standwatch Academy. The organization’s mission is to teach rural high school kids about entrepreneurship. 

Not only did the young women get to network with established business owners in Colorado and Utah, but they also hiked through national parks, rode horses and explored new foods. Emily Allen reports.

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