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What is YAB?
FODC Youth Action Board
What is YAB?
The FODC Youth Action Board (YAB) is a group of dedicated youth ages 12 to 18 that are interested in clean water and helping the community. Their mission is to increase youth participation in the restoration and conservation of the Deckers Creek watershed.
YAB members do hands-on activities benefiting local streams, watersheds, and community members. Examples include stream monitoring for water quality and invertebrate and fish communities, litter clean-ups, raising funds to install recycling containers at Morgantown’s skate park, environmental education and outreach for younger youth, making rain barrels as a fundraiser, and hosting annual fundraising events. YAB members generate service project ideas and write grants to see them through.
Members meet twice a month: On the first Sunday and the third Monday. Mondays we devote to planning our projects and research, and Sundays we try to get out into the watershed! The YAB chair serves as a junior FODC board member and reports on the progress of this award-winning, fun, enthusiastic, committed group of young people.
About Friends of Deckers Creek
Deckers Creek is a scenic tributary to the Monongahela River in north central West Virginia. From its headwaters outside the historic town of Arthurdale, Deckers Creek meanders through Preston County into Monongalia County where it descends through a steep scenic gorge. This beautiful section of Deckers Creek is filled with waterfalls, boulders, and rock slides, contains world class kayaking, and is frequented by kayakers, rock climbers, bikers, and swimmers. From here, Deckers Creek passes through several communities and into Morgantown, where it empties into the Monongahela River.
Over the years, Deckers creek has been degraded by numerous pollutants. These pollutants include, but are not limited to, acid mine drainage (AMD), bacteria from combined sewage overflows, heavy metals, sediment, trash, and general abandonment, which negatively impact the 64-square mile watershed. The biggest threat to the watershed is AMD. This product, of abandoned coal mines, destroys the environmental quality of Deckers Creek and its tributaries, turns the waters red-orange, and creates acid conditions in which fish and macroinvertebrates cannot live.
FODC Mission: To improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek Watershed