Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 27, 1972 · Page 33
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August 27, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 33

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5C--Aug. 27, 1972 *Sunday Chirteiton. We»t Vlnli a 'Sorry Mudhole' For Nearly a Month Now A record of sorts may have been set this month and last on Elk River. The river was muddy for 23 consecutive days. For the most part, it's still muddy. Late last week it was making a feeble stab at clearing up along its lower reaches, but the upper section from Sutton to near the Kanawha County line showed no improvement. The muddy water is coming from the Sutton Reservoir as it did last year for a.long period of time. The reservoir is clear on the surface, but (he muddy water is being pulled from the dam's bottom outlets. This is the same river that was once one of the finest small- mouth bass streams in the state. Anymore you're lucky if you find it fishable a dozen days a year, so disruptive to the condition of the river downstream has the dam been Carl Murrey, who lives on the stream at Gorton, keeps a daily record of the condition of the river. "This is the worst year yet," said Murrey, "although the last two years weren't anything to brag about." Murrey is a member of the Elk Basin Improvement League which was formed to see if something could be done about the problems confronting the river--muddy water from the dam. raw sewage from towns along the river--to name a couple. * * * Mud Flats Contribute to Siltation Strip mining, timbering, highway construction and any other forms of land abuse contribute to siltation, but it's doubtful that Elk River would be in its present condition were it not for the existence of a $37 million silt trap at Sutton. The exposed mud flats in wintertime--a condition created by the building of the dam and nothing else--may cause more silt to enter the lake than any of the above disturbances. On the plus side, the lake creates boating and fishing in the spring through fall, although the fishing usually leaves something to be desired. It also has camping areas, but it's hardly necessary to build a $37 million dam to provide camping for the public. Whether the dam was really needed to serve its primary purpose--flood control--is a good question, but the Elk basin managed to survive a long time without it. Whether the river can stand such long, continuous periods of muddy water year after year and still maintain a decent smallmouth bass population is doubtful. More than likely it will become, as Murrey described it, "a sorry mudhole." So far, few people have raised a hand in protest over the condition of the river. They should be yelling to high heaven, and so should the Department of Natural Resources. * * * Core-Drilling Qtse 'Most Interesting* Willis Shay of Bridgeport, the attorney who represented the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy in its suit to prevent the bulldozing of core-drilling roads into the Otter Creek area of the Monongahela National Forest, said it was "the most interesting thing I've been involved with in 20 years of practicing law.' The suit culminated in an agreement that Island Creek Coal Co. would use horses to transport its drilling equipment into By Skip Johnson Otter Creek-- an operation unique in the nation. Last week, Island Creek announced that it had no further plans for prospecting or mining in Otter Creek "now and in the forseeable future," and asked to be dismissed from the proceedings. Island Creek attorney F. A. MacDonald said the controversy with the conservancy over road-building in Otter Creek no longer exists. It was a big moment for the conservancy and attorney Shay. Whether this means Island Creek didn't find coal hi quai/tity and quality economically feasible to mine isn't clear. The conservancy believes this was the case. The coaJ firm's attorney said this wasn't necessarily so. Still to be seen is what course Island Creek will take if the federal government declares Otter Creek a wilderness area-a remote possibility-- or if the Monongahela National Forest declares part of it a pioneer zone-- a better possibility. Why all the fuss anyway over Otter Creek' Well, it's rugged and isolated and scenic, and there aren't many of those places left in the Eastern United States. * * * Here Comes the White-Footed Mouse HERE AND THERE: The U. S. Forest Service is bringing the white-footed mouse into the battle against the destructive gypsy moth, which has been found in West Virginia this year for the first time. The white-footed mouse, an effective predator of the gypsy moth, is being bugged with a tiny radio transmitter which is triggered by the mouse's death. With the observation of mortality factors, the forest service hopes to increase nature's capacity to provide for the white-footed mouse, which will show its gratitude by eating gypsy moths. . .Nick Eaton of Charleston saw three bears on a recent trip to Randolph County. He saw a mother bear and cub, and later saw a large solitary bear. He reports that more bears and bear signs are being seen in Randolph County this year than for some time. . .Donice "Dumpy" Bartlett, coach of the Marine shooting team that won the major honors in the national high-power rifle championships recently at Camp Perry, Ohio, is a native of Simpson (Taylor County). Bartlett himself won one of the top individual titles, the Nevada Trophy, and in the process set a new record of 794 out of 800. Bartlett has been in the Marines for 19 years and resides in Triangle, Va., near Quantico. . . Tate Lohr, a member of the House of Delegates from Mercer County, was quoted in a story in the Charleston Daily Mail last week that hunters are angry enough over clear-cutting in the Monongahela National Forest to deliberately set fires in the forest. I hope that Lohr didn't really say this, but if he did, I prefer the hunters of my acquaintance to those of his acquaintance. . . OPEN EVENINGS TILL 9:00 AND ALL DAY SUNDAY RAINES LINCOLN-MERCURY Big car styling. Big 170 cu. in. engine! Spacious interior, luxuriously appointed! 3-speed manual transmission! Locking steering column! Flashing side marker lights!... and prices that defy comparison We re dealing during our Comet Clearance If you need economy transportation, second car, dependability and performance at down-to-earth prices this sale is for you. Don't call, just come right in! 1372 /. 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