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.
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura16 hours ago
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 11th Annual Spring Meltdown!

We are truly humbled by the generosity of Morgantown Brewing Company. Not only did they host the Meltdown once again, letting us take over their upstairs and downstairs, but they also donated a $1 per pint to FODC. Thank you. Thank you all so much. Please, everyone, support your local brewery.

Thanks as well to all of our bands for their fantastic performances: Ryan Krofcheck, Weary Space Wanderer, and Michael J. Arbogast.

A special thanks to the backbone of the event: the 163 businesses and individuals that donated over $19,000 worth of items to be auctioned off.

And finally, all the thanks in the world to Suzanne Kepple, Jessi Rouda, Emma Skelley, Haley Pete, and Elliot Gulley. You all knocked it out of the ballpark, and all of us, including the creek, have you to thank <3
Marilyn Howells
Marilyn Howells shared a link to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.1 day ago
Please share. Comments at FERC needed through Mon. April 24. The Mountaineer X Press Pipeline (MXP) is a proposed 170 mile pipeline in WV. As proposed, the project would connect to a network of pipelines as part of the Columbia Pipeline Group, which spans multiple states. Make you voice heard and submit comments on the MXP! Also ask them to extend comment period so more can have time to comment. This transmission line will encourage fracking. It ties to the old SM-80) in Cabell and Wayne counties, through Walker Branch Compressor Station to refinery and to Gulf Express for export.
Jessi Rouda
Jessi Rouda5 days ago
Y'all better be ready for Saturday's event!! Our office is filled with over 80 goodie baskets and other awesome auction items!!
Jessi Rouda
Jessi Rouda shared a link to the group: Friends of Deckers Creek.5 days ago
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura updated the group photo in Friends of Deckers Creek.5 days ago

In the beginning of December, 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

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11th Annual Spring Meltdown

Saturday, April 22, 6pm to 12am
at the Morgantown Brewing Co.

Spring Meltdown Catalog

$17K in items, all for the watershed!


We are very excited for Deckers Creek to be sunny and warm after this fickle winter we've faced the past few months.

We have over $17,000 worth of goods donated from companies and individuals across the Morgantown area. Stop on down to get a deal!

Be a friend to your watershed by bringing a friend!


6:00 pm - Silent Auction Begins

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm - Ryan Krofchek of Fletchers Grove

6:45 pm – 8:00 pm - Mike Arbogast

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm  - Live Auction

9:00 pm – 9:45 pm - Mike Arbogast

10:00 pm – Midnight  - Weary Space Wanderer

10:30 pm - Silent auction closes

You can win the silent auction without being present for auction close


Morgantown Rain Barrel Workshop 2017

Friends of Deckers Creek and Morgantown Utility Board are joining forces to hold a series of rain barrel workshops this spring and summer!

For the purchase of one registration, you will receive a food-grade rain barrel and a universal diverter kit, normally a $75-$100 value.

During the workshop FODC and MUB staff will help you assemble your rain barrel and teach you how to install the barrel so it will be ready to set up when you take it home. One registration purchase will equal one barrel and kit per person/group registered. Spots are limited so please don't wait to register - last year's workshops sold out hours after registration opened.

Workshop 1: Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
Workshop 2: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Workshop 3: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Workshop 4: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)

Morgantown Utility Board: 278 Green Bag Road, Morgantown WV 26501


Rain Barrel





What if I miss the workshop?

We understand - things happen. However, if you miss the workshops for which you are scheduled, you will be invited to attend another of the other scheduled workshops. If you are not free any of the remaining workshop dates, we apologize, but we will be unable to accommodate refunds or special pick-up dates.

Do I have to attend the whole workshop to receive the barrel?

Yes. You will have a chance to learn about rain barrel installation and stormwater runoff. We cannot provide a barrel unless you are present for the entire workshop.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please bring a vehicle large enough to bring your barrels home. There will be free parking at the event.

Upon arrival at the Morgantown Utility Board facility off of Green Bag Road, please pull through the gates and park in the designated parking area.

Can you deliver the barrels?

No, we are unable to deliver the barrels.

Please bring a vehicle large enough to transport a barrel that holds around 55 gallons of water. We have seen barrels fit in the backseat of 4-door sedans (e.g. Toyota Corolla); however, if going in the backseat, bring a blanket because the barrels may be dusty/dirty.

What should I bring to the event?

If you have a battery-powered drill, please bring it. This is not a requirement - we will have a few drills. However, the more drills we have, the quicker the set-up will be.

Also, as stated above, please bring a vehicle large enough to transport a 55 gallon barrel.


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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Holly Purpura at or at 304-292-3970 with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You can transfer your registration up to a week before the workshop. Email

What is the refund policy?

We are unable to accommodate refunds.

Can more than one person from my household come to the workshop?

Yes! Bring your whole family! You all will have a chance to learn about rain barrels and stormwater runoff. For the cost of one registration, you will receive one barrel.

Can I register twice to receive two barrels?

Please only one registration per household per workshop. We hope to provide as many people with the opportunity to get barrels as we possibly can. If you are interested in getting multiple barrels, please contact to make future arrangements.

Learn more!

Spring Meltdown 2017

Saturday, April 22
Morgantown Brewing Co.
more information here

Drafts on Deckers 2017

Friday, October 20
Morgantown Brewing Co.
more information coming soon