1928 - Alderson High School - 1968


Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River
 Mark  Blumenstein July 09


To many of us, the building on the left was know as Ralph McClung's store. The right half is now the headquarters of the "Friends of the Lower  Greenbrier River".  The other side of the office will be shared with Downstream Strategies one of our partners in the Muddy Creek Plan along with the W.Va. Conservation Agency.
Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River are encourage to visit our website at this link.
I would encourage all to join for there is no cost, we exist on donations and grants. Anyone with a computer can signup on line and if not, mail information to our address will do the same.


Last August, Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River (FOTLGR) watershed organization began considering a watershed plan for a portion of the Lower Greenbrier. Together with Fritz Boettner of Downstream Strategies and local stakeholders, the FOTLGR board elected to proceed with a Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) for the Muddy Creek watershed. This Watershed-Based Plan will present the current state of the watershed and propose a plan to remediate Muddy Creek and its tributaries. Muddy Creek is impaired by fecal coliform; from onsite septic systems, agriculture, and residential run-off.

Just recently, the Muddy Creek Watershed planning efforts received additional grant support from the WVDEP. This additional funding will take the planning effort to the next level of detail; this detail will develop a more comprehensive plan for Muddy Creek. Once the finished plan is approved by the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Muddy Creek area will be eligible for federal funding to assist in implementing the proposed projects.
Downstream Strategies has begun analysis of the Muddy Creek watershed. Much of the Greenbrier Valley, including Muddy Creek, is underlain by karst and riddled with sinkholes, which complicate the water flow patterns in the area. Muddy Creek and many of its tributaries appear on West Virginia’s list of polluted waters as having high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. In order to address this impairment, several area farmers have expressed an interest in implementing best management practices (BMPs) on their land. BMPs include fencing pasture off from streams, creating vegetative buffer zones to filter runoff, natural stream design, and other means of preventing fecal coliform from entering the waterways. In addition, failing septic systems have also been identified as a contributor to the high fecal coliform levels in the Muddy Creek watershed; the WBP will work to identify and mitigate these issues.

Interested farmers, FOTLGR members, and residents took part in a watershed stakeholder meeting this spring. This meeting drew a large crowd of over 60 residents. Fritz Boettner of Downstream Strategies and Dennis Burn of the West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA) facilitated the meeting to discuss potential projects and funding sources. Dennis Burns of the Greenbrier Valley District of the WVCA has been involved in these preliminary discussions and will be a key collaborator as the planning continues. Involving more local stakeholders is crucial to the success of the watershed plan. Landholders, recreationists, and other concerned citizens are invited to join in the stakeholder process and help develop a plan to protect the watershed for the benefit of all users.

Mark Blumenstein, President
277 Alderson , WV 24910