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181 Pettigrew Lane (Meadowood Park)
Tornado, WV 25202
PO Box 363,
St. Albans, WV 25177
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by Coal River Group
June 25, 2012
Over 60 volunteers came together to remove tires from the Big Coal River on Saturday, June 23. The effort was sponsored by the Coal River Group’s Big Coal River Branch.
At the end of the day, 586 tires were removed from the 1.5 mile section of the Big Coal River.
Click here to see Channel 13 WOWK's coverage of the event!
Ashford resident Teresa Perdue organized the clean up effort and was a key factor in the event’s rousing success. Teresa and her extended family have led many similar efforts to improve the river and the community. Most recently the efforts of the local citizens along with the Boone County Parks and Recreation Commission helped to build a large picnic shelter and provided playground equipment for the county park located at nearby Dartmont, WV.
The Saturday tire cleanup was a massive effort aimed at removing a large accumulation of tires in the Big Coal River which flows through the local communities.
The WV REAP program provided equipment to harvest the collected tires. The volunteers included local families, children, local business owners, Coal River Group members from St. Albans and Tornado, and others who just wanted to make the river shine.
The logistics for such a clean up on an isolated, slow flowing river were difficult. Canoes and small flat bottom boats were the only way to transport the tires once collected. The organizers estimated that over 300 small, big, and huge tires were pulled from the riverbed and then drug to waiting canoes. The volunteers were required to wade through the riverbed and search for tires that had accumulated for over the last 20 years.
The West Virginia REAP workers used winches and a small tractor to haul the tires up steep banks to a waiting transport truck. The job was hot, tiring and required strong backs.
The objective according to Teresa Perdue was simply to “make the river shine” for the local folks and the many new visitors who regularly paddle for recreation the CRG-established Coal River Water Trail. “We love our river, and we use it for recreation. It’s our Myrtle Beach and we want the river to be clean and free of all litter,” says Teresa.
“Because of the efforts of so many volunteers, the Big Coal River in this area is now a shining example of how local citizens can make a huge change in their own communities,” says Bill Currey, chairman of the Coal River Group.
The tire clean up was supported heavily by local and regional businesses. The Whitesville State Bank provided water bottles, local coal companies provided bottled water for the volunteers, the local “Country Store” provided ice and condiments. West Virginia American Water Company provided a grant to the CRG that was used to purchase two large work canoes. The canoes were part of a 20-boat flotilla that was used to transport the collected tires to pick up sites on the river.