Volunteers pulled over 600 tires from a two-mile stretch of the Little Coal River on Aug. 25.
“We want to put out the message of ‘economic development through river beautification’ and that trash- and tire-free rivers are a key to this,” said organizer Michelle Martin.
Participating groups and organizations included the West Virginia DEP, American Electric Power, Coal River Group and Trash Your Kayak Coal River Cleanup Crew. Equipment used in the effort included an AEP Boom truck, DEP skid Steer, trucks, trailers, a tractor trailer to haul the tires away and over 20 boats.
“We pulled out 600 tires including four equipment tires, three tractor-trailer tires, 200 truck tires and the rest were passenger car tires,” Martin added. “We also removed 2 tons of trash.”
Added to the 2017 totals, it equates to over 1,000 tires in a two-mile section.
The effort started at the Danville boat launch on Phipps Avenue and stopped at the Boone County PSD. Martin said volunteerism has been strong with every cleanup, but more hands can always be used…