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Tygarts Valley Conservation District meets

November 16, 2012
By Casey Houser , The Inter-Mountain

Members of the Tygarts Valley Conservation District were present at their fifth annual legislative banquet Thursday evening to display this year's accomplishments to local government officials and farmers.

Joe Gumm, Conservation District supervisor for Randolph County, directed the evening's events, which included presentations by District Supervisors Sheldon Findley of Taylor County, Robert Wolfe of Barbour County, district member Roger Poling and Steve Brown of the Division of Natural Resources.

Brown talked about the Elkwater Restoration Project, a four-mile segment of the Shavers Fork portion of the Cheat River in Pocahontas and Randolph counties.

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"It's one of the best mitigation projects I've ever seen," he said. "It was flat and fishless, and it's no longer that way."

He said the DNR was able to dig out sections of the water to make them deeper and cooler, a suitable habitat for fish.

Poling spoke about the TVCD conservation crew, which performed stream work, seeding and mulching on local lands.

Wolfe mentioned the Barbour County Water Resource Study which resulted in the proposed creation of the Laurel Dam.

He said $6.5 million is needed to fund that project so that water can be better provided to Philippi's residents.

Findley talked about the TVCD Agricultural Enhancement Program, which included a trailer that was driven to local schools and allowed students to participate in learning about agriculture.

Gumm finished the evening by speaking about the TVCD as a whole.

"We're working with all arenas of conservation: water, land, air," he said.

In response to TVCD members, Sam Lewis of the Farm Service Agency promoted local farmers.

"I'm proud to work for the farmers here," he said, concurring with TVCD members that their projects are worthwhile.

Bonnie Serrett, president of the Randolph County Development Authority, congratulated the TVCD for their hard work.

"I think what you are doing is excellent," she said.

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