Eric Gardner has a different perspective than most about the rivers in central Appalachia. That’s because he spends most of his time in them.
Gardner is a commercial diver. He works in the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, maintaining tow boats, barges, pipelines and spillways.
“I started out with some older gentleman that ran the company. [They] took a liking to me and taught me a lot of the trades that I still use to this day,” he said.