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.
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura19 hours ago
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.
Blake Mattern
Blake Mattern5 days ago
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.
Tyler Francis
Tyler Francis6 days ago
First trout from the creek!
Holly Purpura
Holly Purpura1 week ago
Happy Birthday, West Virginia, from your friends on Deckers Creek! Here's to another 154 wild and wonderful years! #AlmostHeaven

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

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 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.

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