News and Events
FODC will now be watching over Deckers Creek from a new vantage point at the former Woodburn Elementary School.
Our new neighbors include the Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club, PopshopWV, and Girls on the Run of North Central WV. Stop on by at 205 Parsons Street, Morgantown, WV 26505 to visit us and see the new office!
FODC has many opportunities to volunteer!
These jobs can be done at any time so can fit into anyone’s schedule.
- Macroinvertebrate Sorter: Sort through samples of creek insects collected last year for our Clean Creek Program and separate the insects from other debris (leaves, dirt, etc) that inevitably make it into the samples. Prepare insects to be identified by macroinvertebrate experts.
- Data Entry: Enter water quality data collected by our Citizen Scientist monitors into online database. (2-3 hours required)
- Graphic Designer: FODC is updating our general organization and Youth Advisory Board brochures and could use the artistic skills of a graphic designer to assist.
- Fundraiser pre-planning: Assist with soliciting businesses for live/silent auction donations, event promotion.
These often have specific dates and times.
- Outdoor Learning Park: We always have need for volunteers to assist with invasive species removal, maintaining walking trails and general upkeep.
- Make it Shine West Virginia: Between April 1 – 14, FODC will participate in this statewide litter cleanup event. Litter cleanup at various locations in the watershed.
- Clean Creek Program Quarterly Water Quality Monitoring: See dates and times on calendar. Suzanne will provide more specific details once you’ve signed up or if you have any questions.
Youth Watershed Connections (YWC) is the first youth-led, online watershed guide created by the Youth Action Board (YAB) in association with Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC). This online watershed guide is an interactive map that will help to support the development of other youth watershed guides. The main goal of this project was to establish a Youth Guide to Deckers Creek. With the first goal met and the potential for YWC endless, expansion of this online tool for youth watershed exploration is made possible through the Youth Advisory Board Grant through State Farm.
In expanding the online watershed guide, YAB will work with other watershed groups across the state to inform them on how they can get involved with YWC. With a little hard work, we hope to see YWC be used across the state with the potential to expand across Appalachia. YAB is committed to making this application available to any watershed group with youth involvement and also engage more youth in the Morgantown area about conservation, and watershed preservation.
Through the expansion, YAB will strengthen their leadership skills through teaching individuals across Monongalia County and watershed groups across the state about this valuable resource. In spreading the knowledge needed to utilize this resource, they will also be spreading awareness of watershed issues that Deckers Creek Watershed have faced and continue to face.
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