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.


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.
Tyler Francis
Tyler Francis2 months ago
Does anyone have any info on if the rainbow trout did well or not?
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura shared Morgantown City Hall's post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.6 days ago
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura made Alli Sewell, Rita Colistra and 2 others admins of the group Friends of Deckers Creek.2 weeks ago
Twin Spruce Marina
Twin Spruce Marina2 weeks ago
Here's a true story, with gratefulness....

At the 9/2 "Namaste 5K Yoga Run" on Deckers Creek Rail-Trail, (Morgantown WV), I was part of the Water Blessing Ceremony. As a tight circle of about 20 of us each picked out a quartz crystal to hold and put our intentions into, the woman Guide gave us a message that she had recently received.

"Many of us are, rightly, so concerned about climate change and impacts. But not to worry, not be depressed, fearful, scared, hateful, angry, sad. Mother Earth has got this. She just needs us to be Supportive. Not negative or depressed, but Supportive. She's got this!"

Then we put our intentions into our crystals, and like a wave, we took our turn and went into the center of the circle and slipped our crystals into a crystal glass bowl with a couple cups of sacred water - including from John of God, the Serpent Mound, and others. Wow!!!

Then drumming and chanting. All the way to the creek, about 150'. As we gathered around still drumming and chanting, our Guide ceremoniously tossed small handfuls of crystals into the middle of Deckers Creek, up and down, at that spot just below the pedestrian bridge, then handfuls of water in, up and downstream. And then... It Was Done.

Wow! Powerful. Then we did yoga or drumming together!!! Then the run/walk. And more socializing and activities at Marilla Center.

Well done, Friends of Deckers Creek! For coordinating this 1st annual event. And for expanding our community too, in such a gentle peaceful way.

Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura shared BlissBlissBliss's post to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.3 weeks ago
We had a blast at the Namaste 5K! Thank you BlissBlissBliss for making it possible!

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. 
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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.


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


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

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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


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.


Learn more!

Citizen Scientist Program

Saturday, June 24
Outdoor Learning Park
more information here