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  • 'TIS the season to GIVE

    As we refind our bearings in 2022 and are able to gather again, it's a year to be proud of for sure! When we look at our project progress, community impact and partner collaborations, we have much to celebrate! Not only did we host our monthly water monitoring, but we also preformed a MicroInvertebrate Study and hosted targeted monitoring in the Upper PIney Creek area. Several of our board members attended the bi-annual New River Symosium hosted by the New River Conservancy where we shared two presentations on Piney Ceek successes. The Shady Spring Rain Garden really blossomed this year with the addition of several bridges and raised beds -we hosted a ribbon cutting with the BRCCC and it will now we included in the list of attractions along the Southern Gateway! Projects on New River Drive and at Woodrow Wilson were completed, but the WWHS Wetland is still receiveing attention as two student from WWHS work to raise funds for an outdoor boardwalk to be used as a classroom setting. BAF funding is supporting a Trout in the Classroom project at WWHS , and a trash trout that will be placed in the watershed to sift trash from the creek flow. We've also been awarded funding to host a Rain Barrell Workshop and to execute a Septic Repair project in 2023 (based on the data from our Upper Piney Monitoring). ​ We hosted several events for our followers throughout the year, starting with our Earth Day Celebration, Girl Scout Tree Planting and skads of County Wide Litter PickUps. We invited Linda Boyd to lead us in a Paint & Sip of Piney Creek at Weathered Ground and partnered with The Dish for donations in August. We hosted our dedication and tree naming at the SS Library and also hosted a another work day for the Girl Scouts at the BAF. And patnered with Trout Unlimited and CSX to stock Piney Creek with various trout fingerlings. ​ All our projects need a few things to be successful. We start with a plan, we collaborate with our partners and we ask for as many favors as we can. But we have financial needs too! We count on the funds we raise to facilitate the extras we need to execute at each of the locations we support. If we need a bag of concrete or a specific tool or we want to print materials or give or supporters a small gift, those are the tangibles with which your gift can help. As we move into 2023 and determine the breath of our outreach, your gift can go a long way to help us plan and execute small projects that have a long-term effect on our community. Consider giving a monthly gift that will benefit us all!

  • Shady Spring Library Rain Garden Ribon Cutting & Tree Dedication

    Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce planned a Ribbon Cutting and will designate the Rain Garden at Shady Spring Library on the list of attractions on the Southern Gateway in 2023. Some key partners in the success of the transformation of the Rain Garden helped to cut the ribbon. From left to right SS Librarian Carolyn Light, PCWA Board President Tom Lemke, Exec Director Jim Fedders, honoree Phyllis Farley, daughter of Gene Kessler, the legend Gary Morefield and Community Relations Director Kate Sopher. Volunteer watered the newly planted tree daily to assure it lives its best life. The site was cut back and cared for by the board. And volunteers at the event painted rocks and golf balls to decorate the planters and signify the naming of the tree. Tree Dedicated to former PCWA employee, longtime volunteer and board member, Phyllis Farley.

  • WOODROW WILSON WETLAND PROJECT CONTINUES FORWARD

    By: Jim Fedders The current phase of the Woodrow Wilson Wetland Restoration was wrapped up this summer. The project was undertaken to reduce fecal bacteria contamination from entering our watershed from the over abundance of geese on the school campus in and around the ageing pond. The site is now a flourishing wetland supporting abundant wetland plant and animal species and few geese. Instead of being a source of bacterial contamination the wetland now acts as a filter to clean the water as it moves through the site toward nearby Cranberry Creek. Although most of the project was completed last year we were able to finish up the current phase of the project this spring and summer. An Earth-Day event in late April brought over 35 girl scouts with their leaders and parents to the project. The girls helped plant over 900 live-stake trees and shrubs in the wetland and 10 large trees on the surrounding school grounds. The scouts also visited educational stations to learn about the water cycle, wetlands, water pollution, and ‘Leave No Trace’ environmental principles. The scouts did a great job and learned a lot from the many incredible volunteers that helped with this event. Girl Scouts enjoy planting trees and learning about our environment at the Earth Day event in April at the Woodrow Wilson High School Wetland project. Grants from the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the Beckley Area Foundation along with tremendous volunteer help from local organizations and individuals have allowed the project to get this far. Two amazing Woodrow Wilson Sophomore students have further plans to enhance the educational aspects of the project. Ram Asaithambi and Thomas Spencer have begun a campaign to fund a boardwalk and outdoor classroom on the wetland. Their hard work has resulted in over $40,000 in donations from the Raleigh County Board of Education, the West Viginia General Revenue Fund, Beckley Rotary Club and other sources. Final design plans are scheduled to be developed this winter with construction occurring next summer. Stay tuned for the exciting, continued development at this project. Please consider making a donation to support these students and this unique addition to the campus. Way to go guys!! Students, Ram Asaithambi and Thomas Spencer, receive certificate recognizing their fund-raising accomplishments and a donation of $10,000 from the Raleigh County Board of Education for a boardwalk at the Woodrow Wilson Wetland.

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  • Tis the Season to GIVE | Piney Creek

    'TIS the season to GIVE Consider giving a monthly gift. Donate Now Give a Gift that will benefit us all. As we refind our bearings in 2022 and are able to gather again, it's a year to be proud of for sure! When we look at our project progress, community impact and partner collaborations, we have much to celebrate! Not only did we host our monthly water monitoring, but we also preformed a MicroInvertebrate Study and hosted targeted monitoring in the Upper PIney Creek area. Several of our board members attended the bi-annual New River Symosium hosted by the New River Conservancy where we shared two presentations on Piney Ceek successes. The Shady Spring Rain Garden really blossomed this year with the addition of several bridges and raised beds -we hosted a ribbon cutting with the BRCCC and it will now we included in the list of attractions along the Southern Gateway! Projects on New River Drive and at Woodrow Wilson were completed, but the WWHS Wetland is still receiveing attention as two student from WWHS work to raise funds for an outdoor boardwalk to be used as a classroom setting. BAF funding is supporting a Trout in the Classroom project at WWHS , and a trash trout that will be placed in the watershed to sift trash from the creek flow. We've also been awarded funding to host a Rain Barrell Workshop and to execute a Septic Repair project in 2023 (based on the data from our Upper Piney Monitoring). ​ We hosted several events for our followers throughout the year, starting with our Earth Day Celebration, Girl Scout Tree Planting and skads of County Wide Litter PickUps. We invited Linda Boyd to lead us in a Paint & Sip of Piney Creek at Weathered Ground and partnered with The Dish for donations in August. We hosted our dedication and tree naming at the SS Library and also hosted a another work day for the Girl Scouts at the BAF. ​ All our projects need a few things to be successful. We start with a plan, we collaborate with our partners and we ask for as many favors as we can. But we have financial needs too! We count on the funds we raise to facilitate the extras we need to execute at each of the locations we support. If we need a bag of concrete or a specific tool or we want to print materials or give or supporters a small gift, those are the tangibles with which your gift can help. As we move into 2023 and determine the breath of our outreach, your gift can go a long way to help us plan and execute small projects that have a long-term effect on our community. Consider giving a monthly gift that will benefit us all! Donate Now

  • Water Monitoring | Piney Creek

    Water Monitoring for the long-term Quality of the creek Water Monitoring is our most organized and proud effort. The strength of the partnership we have with professors and students at WVU Tech is a large part of our success. That, and the experience and backgrounds of our board members and active monitoring participants, is a big component for the continued success of the program. ​ The knowledge at our disposal continues to grow as we consistently monitor 27 sites throughout the Piney Creek Watershed. Volunteers check for temperature, visual attributes, conductivity and then take water samples to test in the lab for bacteria and coliform. ​ ​ See Sites A bit about where we shine Water Monitoring is the backbone of all we do and guides our focus when looking for projects to address in the Watershed. The volume of knowledge at our disposal continues to mount as we consistently monitor 27 sites throughout the Piney Creek Watershed. We check for temperature, visual attributes, conductivity, then take water samples and test in the lab for bacteria and coliforms. The strength of the partnership we have with professors and students at WVU Tech figures strongly in our success. That, the experience and backgrounds of both our board members and active monitoring participants, are bonus factors in the continued success of the program. Consistency and detail have us swimming in 5 years of data that will come together to help us prioritize our focus as an organization. History of Monitoring 2019 2020 2022 Water Monitor Program started with seven sites Water Monitoring sustained through most of COVID-19 Presentation at the New River Symposium where they were in "AH" of the execution of 21 sites completed in One Day, monthly. Support Water Monitoring

  • Trash Deflection | Piney Creek

    There aren't many things that are universally cool, and it's cool not to litter. I'd never do it. Matthew McConaughey Roadside Litter Piney Creek Watershed Association partners with the Solid Waste Authority and Raleigh County Make it Shine to organize roadside clean ups in the Spring and Summer. We work with local councils, community groups, businesses, state agencies and other partners to target the most-littered items and locations. Stream Clean Up A stream cleanup is an organized trash removal effort. It usually takes place next to a stream in the Watershed, but it can focus on the land area or storm drains that flow eventually to Piney Creek. Trail Maintenance Trails don't just take of themselves— volunteers work hard to keep trails safe for visitors. Trail crews consider many factors when they plan trail maintenance. The history of the area and the materials used to build the trail. Gary Morefield, pictured here, is the "trail guy" who leads the planning of maintenance and new development at the Piney Creek trail System.

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