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World Water Day Celebrates The Three Fork Creek Restoration
Written by Tom Kippen
Last updated on March 22, 2013 @ 7:18PM
Created on March 22, 2013 @ 7:01PM
 
West Virginia University and other representatives came together Friday morning in Grafton to celebrate World Water Day and recognize the efforts of the Three Fork Creek Restoration.
 
Since 1993,  World Water Day has been held on March 22nd to focus on the importance of, and advocating the need for fresh water. Here in North-Central West Virginia, a project began in 2008 called the Three Fork Creek Restoration Project. This project over the years has restored the creek from pollution caused by acid mine drainage and unlivable water conditions for wildlife, to a drastic improvement in water quality.
 
"Old coal mines  that were dumping, acid mine drainage into the streams right from the head waters down. It was such a problem, that when the flows out of three forks where high enough. It would not only effect the Tygart River, it would cause fish kills all the way to Fairmont",  said Paul Ziemkiewicz- WVU director of water research.
 
Ziemkiewicz goes on to say that the estimated net value of this project is around $3.7 million over 20 years.

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