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.
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.
FODC is having a blast teaming up with the #MountaineerBoysandGirlsClub this summer to hold a biweekly summer program focused on meaningful watershed educational experiences. Students ages 12 to 18 are joining us for tours of the Water Treatment Plant, tours of acid mine drainage treatment sites, assisting with water quality sampling, and many other fun, educational activities. Support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation have made this program possible.
These are from last weekend. It is still crazy to be catching trout in Deckers Creek. I will be taking my fly rod out as soon as the water levels go back down. I applaud you all for the hard work. Who should I talk to about volunteering? I would love to see this fishery grow.
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 roll 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
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.
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.
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.