WV DEP to help fund Coal River restoration project - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

WV DEP to help fund Coal River restoration project

Posted: Updated:

If you've been fishing or kayaking along the Coal River in Kanawha County, expect to see some changes soon.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has committed $1 million to help plan and begin a restoration project targeting 21 miles of the river.

According to the Coal River Group, a non-profit watershed association, heavy layers of silt are clogging the river channels and preventing fish from multiplying and growing.

“The water quality is good so we just have to make some habitat for the fish,” said Bill Simmons, the environmental vice president for the Coal River Group.

Simmons says the project starts with a river study and creating a design. Then man-made structures, like rocks, will be placed in the water. They will narrow the river, naturally pushing the silt to the side, said Simmons.

Powered by Frankly