The Coal River Group holds river and creek cleanups across the watershed throughout the year.
Our biggest and most successful cleanups take place yearly in Boone County. The Big Coal River Branch hosts two annual clean ups at Lick Creek and White Oak, near Ashford, that routinely bring over 100 volunteers from the local community. Organized by Teresa Perdue, the events end with a community picnic, complete with kids events and door prizes.
The CRG has embarked on a quest to remove tires from the Coal Rivers! The slideshow above shows the CRG's first ever tire cleanup, which took place on June 23, 2012 in Ashford on the Big Coal. In a few hours of work, the volunteer crew removed 586 tires from 1.5 miles of river. That totals almost 18,000 lbs of tires!
This October, the CRG hosted an AmeriCorps NCCC team for one week at the CRG River Center. The 9-member crew completed the huge Valley of 1,000 Tires cleanup. The WVDEP and West Virginia REAP Program helped the crew remove over 1,100 tires from the river!
2015 Valley of 1,000 Tires Clean Up
Why Tire Cleanups?
Like many rivers across West Virginia, the Coal Rivers are laden with thousands of old car tires that have been dumped into the rivers and streams over the past century. Although tires technically pose no danger to the water quality of the river, the tires are an eyesore in our rivers and symbolize the culture of littering that treated rivers as dumps.
The Coal River Group, working with the West Virginia REAP program, is striving to change this. By removing dumped tires, we are making our rivers even more beautiful and enjoyable for recreation and building environmental stewardship within our communities.