Montgomery, W.Va.  The Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Commission (UKVEDC) will conduct a grant writing workshop, sponsored by UKVEDC, Montgomery General Hospital and the Bridgemont Sustainability Institute. The event will be held at the Upper Kanawha Valley Community Technology Building in Montgomery on Saturday March 23, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
This is a basic introduction to grant writing, assisting the participants with how to identify an opportunity, how to research funding sources, etc.
The class will be taught by Christy Bailey, Executive Director of the Coal Heritage Highway Authority and the National Coal Heritage Area Authority. She is directly responsible for the historic preservation and heritage tourism development of the National Coal Heritage Area in southern West Virginia and along the Coal Heritage Trail, a national scenic byway.
The cost of the class is $20 and the sign-up deadline is March 18, 2013 and limited to 30 people. The registration fee includes lunch and session materials. Interested participants can sign-up by calling the UKVEDC office, 304-981-6400 or email UKVEDC

Morris Creek Watershed

In the early fall of 2001 several grass-root citizens took the initiative to organize and restore the environment to its previous pristine condition. On March 21, 2002 the Morris Creek Watershed Association, Inc. (MCWA) was officially formed and consisted of four officers, twenty-two directors, and a total of about forty-five members. 

The MCWA is a non-profit 501-3-C organization made up of local citizens with a mission to improve the safety of the Morris Creek watershed, restore its natural beauty, and provide recreational opportunities. MCWA’s goals are to return the Morris Creek watershed to a safe environment for all residents while restoring the water quality to a condition capable of supporting both aquatic life and local recreational activities.
The MCWA’s principal place of business is currently located at 328 Morris Drive, Montgomery, WV, 25136, in Fayette County, West Virginia. 
The association’s mailing address: PO Box 927, Montgomery, WV 25136
Phone: 304-442-4581

Website: www.morriscreekwatershed.org
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Today, the MCWA is an active and thriving organization with several projects to its credit as it continues “Building a better tomorrow today…. one drop at a time.”

Marshall University Announces Hydro-Electric Demonstration and Education Project at Morris Creek Watershed, Montgomery, WV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) and the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall has continued their partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy (WVDOE) Office of Coalfield Community Development on a variety of projects to demonstrate renewable energy applications on former surface-mined properties. The latest project to be announced is the completion of a hydro generator installation in conjunction with the Morris Creek Watershed Association (MCWA), located near Montgomery, WV. This project is quite unique, using acid mine drainage discharge as a water source for a small-scale (1.3 kW) hydro generator.

The Morris Creek Watershed is located within an extensively mined area in Fayette and Kanawha County, with both surface and underground mining. Mining has not occurred in the watershed since the late 1980’s, and numerous acid mine drainage discharges from underground mine workings are present. Water from one discharge, impacted by both surface and underground mining activities, has been diverted to provide the water source for the hydro generator. After passing through the generator, the water is then directed back into the main stream for treatment before entering Morris Creek. Power generated from the system is being used to charge MCWA’s stream monitoring equipment and for their meeting facility. System performance is being monitored by MCWA, who will also be offering informational tours of the system as part of their various on-going educational projects.

George Carico, Director of the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, has been assisting the WVDOE in locating sites where a hydro generator could be installed for demonstrating this particular type of renewable energy. Carico said that while the project provides renewable energy to the MCWA, it provides a far greater project component in its educational aspect.

“We’re seeing an increasing interest in various types of renewable energy all around the State. Electricity generated from hydro power is definitely not new, but using mine water discharge as a power source is distinctly unique. This system, though quite small in terms of electrical generation capacity, will help people better understand this particular type of renewable energy. With MCWA providing educational outreach, the local community, students and teachers that visit the watershed as part of school field trips, and other watershed groups will get to see “up close” how hydro power, in the right setting, can provide a reliable power supply.”

A total of $14,000 in federal and local funding was provided for the project, including $7,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission, and $7,000 in cash and in-kind match funding from the MCWA. Included in the MCWA match funding was engineering expertise and support from West Virginia University Tech and Bridgemont Community & Technical Collage.