Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sierra Club hosts talk on Dunkard Creek

The WVU Sierra Student coalition and the Monongahela Group of the West Virginia Sierra Club are co-sponsoring a presentation by Dr Duane Nichols titled "Dunkard Creek: 1750-2010" at 7pm Nov 12, in Room 406 Allen Hall on the Evansdale campus of WVU. Local singer/songwriter Jim Savarino will complement the program with offerings from his Appalachian-rooted, original folk music.
Nichols - a local retired chemical engineer with experience in coal research and water chemistry and a longtime activist with CLEAR, Sierra Club, and more recently, the Upper Monongahela River Association - will discuss the conditions that led to the recent fish kills in Dunkard Creek, a tributary which extends about 40 miles from the Monongahela River to the western boundary of Monongalia County.
In the past two months, all the fish, mussels and many other creatures of Dunkard Creek have been killed by toxins released from the golden algae. Nichols will explain why conditions were right for the golden algae to bloom and kill the local stream when it was known previously in this country only as a threat to water bodies in the deep South. He will address the questions of whether this could have been prevented, whether it will happen again in Dunkard Creek and whether there are other streams in our area under threat. An opportunity for individuals and groups to address these concerns will be provided.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Candice at 304-594-3322

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