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June 13, 2013

Piney Creek Watershed to host 5th annual celebration

The Piney Creek Watershed Association will host its fifth annual Watershed Celebration today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Little Beaver State Park.

The free, family-friendly event will engage children of all ages in activities and games that raise awareness of the need to help preserve and protect local waterways.

The Piney Creek Watershed encompasses 136 square miles of Raleigh County, draining into Piney Creek and eventually into the New River.

“Our celebration highlights the incredible natural resource that we have here in the area in the form of our many creeks and streams,” said Jim Fedders, executive director of the watershed association.

“We are blessed with abundant rainfall in our area that provides moisture for our lush forests and continually flowing streams.”

He said southern West Virginia receives more rainfall than three-quarters of the U.S.

The celebration also raises awareness of the need for everyone to be stewards of the watershed by taking action every day to protect the streams by properly disposing of litter, recycling motor oil, maintaining vehicles so they don’t leak fluids that could be washed into streams and following label directions when using fertilizers and pesticides on lawns and gardens.

For the first 100 registered guests, free food will be provided, as well as make-it-yourself s’mores.

Live music, face painting, Curby the Recycling Can, water safety exhibit, aquatic insect display, Fish Pond, Corn Hole, Water Jeopardy and other games and activities will be on site, along with prizes.

“It should be a great evening and we hope many folks come out to enjoy the festivities, learn about our water resources, and have a fun time,” Fedders said.

For more information, call 304-228-1680.

Supporters and contributing organizations include the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Beckley Sanitary Board, Beckley Renaissance, Southern Soil Conservation District, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, Appalachian Coal-Country Team and many local vendors that have freely provided door prizes.

Partial funding is provided by a grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

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