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Work to begin soon on WVU flood-control dam

Work will soon begin on a nearly $8 million rehabilitation of the Upper Deckers Creek No. 1 dam in Preston County.

The Monongahela Conservation District (MCD) has selected Nitro, W.Va.-based Triton Construction Inc. as the lead contractor for the project, which will see a new, roller-compacted concrete spillway installed on the earthen dam. A new riser also will be installed and the pool will be raised by ten feet, providing an increased water supply for customers of Public Service District No. 1 in Arthurdale.

The project will bring the dam, which is located on the West Virginia University JW Ruby Research Farm in Reedsville, into compliance with modern dam construction and design standards. It was originally built in 1969.

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Poultry Litter Hotline

The Potomac Valley Conservation District and the West Virginia Conservation Agency are proud to announce the return of the WV Poultry Litter Hotline. The Hotline number is: 1-844-LITTER1 (1-844-548-8371) and serves as a communication resource linking buyers and sellers of poultry litter.

There is also a website for the WV Litter Market, https://wvlittermarket.wordpress.com/. To browse the list of buyers and sellers, please visit our Find a Buyer or Seller page and fill out the form.  Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email with a list of various buyers and sellers of poultry litter in West Virginia. If you wish to be listed on the West Virginia Litter Market website, please fill out the form on our Contact page.

The PVCD also offers a cost share program for Poultry Litter, a rate of $10/ton, if the litter is shipped outside of the Chesapeake Bay! 250 tons per year maximum, ranking criteria will be followed. Participant must reside in the Potomac Valley Conservation District. For more information on: buying/selling/transporting litter or participating in the Litter Transfer Program, please contact Andrea Walker, Conservation Specialist, WVCA at 304-553-3102.

Conservationist crowned Mrs. West Virginia, will compete nationally next month

Marty Walker has always been more comfortable in a pair of jeans and work boots than a pageant gown and tiara. But that didn’t stop the 30-year-old conservation specialist from Meadow Bridge, Fayette County, from recently being crowned Mrs. West Virginia.

“I’m pretty sure I’m not the type of person you’d think of walking across a pageant stage,” Walker said. “I grew up running around in the woods looking for wild mushrooms, gardening with my family and raising farm animals.”

Conservation Employee Named Mrs WV Conservation Employee Named Mrs WV

Walker, who has worked for West Virginia Conservation Agency for two years, is stationed in the Southern Conservation District. She oversees thousands of dollars in agricultural projects for WVCA each year in Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Summers, Fayette and Raleigh counties. She said she decided to pursue the title because it was a way to champion her beloved home state.

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Restoration of Rainelle Flood-Control Channel Begins

RAINELLE, W.Va. -- Restoration work has begun on two flood-control channels in the town of Rainelle, which was devastated by flooding last June.

The West Virginia Conservation Agency and its contractors are removing sediment from channel beds and clearing thick brushy growth from banks. Starting Monday, the West Virginia National Guard will begin transporting the debris to a central site for incineration.

For Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton, the work is a welcome sign of progress.

“Everybody is calling me amazed and happy that this work is happening,” she said. “They feel a sense of relief.” She specifically thanked WVCA staff and Gov. Jim Justice for allocating funding for the project.

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Stream Partners

The Stream Partner Program is a cooperative effort of the West Virginia Conservation Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, and the Division of Natural Resources. The program is housed within the DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management.

To provide for and promote the protection and conservation of West Virginia's soil, land,
water and related resources for the health, safety and general welfare of the state's citizens.

State Conservation Agency Executive Director:
Brian Farkas

State Conservation Committee Chairman:
Kent Leonhardt

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