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PROJECT: The Tadpole Project
A Big Coal River clean-up project, with a focus on the kids
Blake and Jacob after a hard morning's work cleaning up home base of Tadpole Project.
Blake and Jacob after a hard morning's work cleaning up home base of Tadpole Project.

Our mission is to protect and restore the Marsh Fork of the Big Coal River in Raleigh County, W.Va. The "Tadpole Project," which is what we'll be calling our clean-up project, will be the first phase in accomplishing this goal.

The Big Coal RIver (or Walhondecepe as the Deleware Indians named it) is made up of two forks- the Clear Fork and the Marsh Fork. The Marsh Fork, which runs approximately 28 miles in length is the stream we are to be working on. Into the Marsh Fork are numerous fresh water creeks which we estimate to be approximately 30 miles of stream line . This brings our total clean-up area to almost 60 miles of streamline.

World Class Kayak Academy from Missoula, Mt., on the first day of clean up.
World Class Kayak Academy from Missoula, Mt., on the first day of clean up

Garbage picked up that day by World Class Kayak Academy students.
Garbage picked up that day by World Class Kayak Academy students.

These areas have been neglected for years. Upon the banks and in the streams that make up the Marsh Fork one can find a myriad of garbage, metal, and abandoned vehicles. We hope to foster community pride and community involvement with the clean-up project. We feel that starting the restoration of our waters with the picking up of trash in and around the river is a huge step in fostering the relationship of a watershed team in this area

We hope to eventually map out a watershed plan which would address all the sources and cause of stream impairment and address the longterm health of the watershed. In our area are coal mines, prep plants, gas wells and timbering, as well as personal waste waters, which affect the health of our waterway.

We feel the Tadpole Project is only the first step of many in restoring the Marsh Fork back to a healthy and vibrant part of our community for generations to come.