Helping our community

One creek at a time.

Deckers Creek

Meandering and descending through a steep gorge, this beautiful tributary is filled with waterfalls, boulders, and rock slides, making it an attractive destination for kayakers and rock climbers.

Pollutants

Over the years, Deckers Creek has suffered. Acid mine drainage (AMD) from West Virginia's many abandoned coal mines and other pollutants harm the 64 square mile watershed and destroy natural habitats.

What We Do

Friends of Deckers Creek works to clean up the decades of environmental degradation inflicted on our watershed through AMD remediation projects, trash clean-ups, community outreach, and environmental education.

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Friends of Deckers Creek

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve and monitor the water quality of Deckers Creek. Deckers Creek meanders through Preston and Monongalia counties in West Virginia connecting several communities along its route.
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Holly Purpura shared BOPARC's post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.6 days ago
Lower Deckers Creek is cleaner thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club and the BOPARC YETI students.

Last week, we joined forces to clean up the creek, teach that community service can be fun, and talk about how even small acts can have a huge impact on the community. Also, many a worm were saved.

Learn more in the beautiful video put together by the The Dominion Post.

Thanks as well to NOAA Education and Outreach, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education for helping to make this summer's workshops possible: #21stCenturySTEM #21stCCLC
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BOPARC
Super proud of our YETI's and all their hard work in the community these past few weeks! Special thank you to Friends of Deckers Creek and The Dominion Post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIeDaoC5Ysg&feature=youtu.be
Tyler Francis
Tyler Francis7 days ago
Does anyone have any info on if the rainbow trout did well or not?
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura shared Friends of Deckers Creek's post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.3 weeks ago
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura shared Morgantown Utility Board's post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.3 weeks ago
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura shared Friends of Deckers Creek's post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.3 weeks ago
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura shared Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.'s post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.3 weeks ago
Look out for us at the New Deal Festival in Arthurdale this weekend! We will be leading an environmental education activity.

In the beginning of December 2015, we moved to the Woodburn Elementary School, which has been re-purposed for nonprofit offices thanks to the Woodburn School Redevelopment Commission.

Our new office is located at 205 Parsons Street, Morgantown, WV 26505.

New Office at Woodburn

News and Events

Tune in here for news and events about Deckers Creek. 
For the most up-to-date information, follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook group.

Our current main upcoming events include the Citizen Scientist Program and the Namaste 5K

Citizen Scientist Program

 

Friends of Deckers Creek is hosting a Citizen Scientist Workshop on Saturday, June 24th and hopes to host several more throughout the summer for those who cannot make it!

This event is absolutely free! We provide all the tools, equipment, and instruction necessary for you to complete your role as Citizen Scientists.

During the workshop FODC staff will help show you how to take accurate samples, calibrate your monitoring probe, properly record and report your findings, explain the importance of Citizen Scientist to our work here at FODC, and to answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Spots are limited due to available equipment, so please don't wait to register.

WHEN

June 24, Saturday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
and July 26, Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

WHERE

Outdoor Learning Park
(Behind the Kroger in Sabraton)
1851 Earl L Core Road, Morgantown, WV 26505

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FAQ

What if I can't attend the workshop?
We will be scheduling several other workshops throughout the summer to try and accommodate everyone’s schedules. Our next workshop is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please use the parking lot on the side of the Kroger in Sabraton, behind the gas station. This is the entrance to the Deckers Creek Rail Trail. From there it is a short walk to our Outdoor Learning Park, which can be easily spotted from the trail.

Read the rest of FAQs here

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Namaste 5k

Find Yourself among Deckers

The Namaste 5K Yoga Run will allow participants to unwind along the banks of Deckers Creek, connecting with nature while finding oneself.

Cleaner water, cleaner you

The event will feature activities such as yoga, a drum circle, a water blessing ceremony, and a 5K race to promote a healthier creek and a healthier you.

The Event

Yoga will take place indoors at the beautiful Marilla Center, with a drum circle to follow. Participants will then run an out and back 5K from Marilla Park to Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park and Pavilion. Upon return, an awards ceremony will feature the top three male and female winners of the race, and participants can participate in other activities, including educational workshops, a water blessing ceremony, and meditation along the banks of Deckers Creek.

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Learn more!

Citizen Scientist Program

Saturday, June 24
Outdoor Learning Park
more information here