Local Groups Fighting to Protect Hildebrand and Opekiska Locks
and Dam System
27 July 2012
By Stacy Moniot, Anchor/Reporter
Local groups are fighting to protect the upper Monongahela River
from being shut down to traffic by the US army corps of engineers.
The USACE plans to close the Hildebrand and Opekiska Locks and Dam
systems and cut back on service in Morgantown.
Now, local groups are stepping in to show how much they need the
waters to remain open to the public.
"The corps is looking for approximately 500 lockages on each of
the locks and that is essentially a cutoff for them and what we
are now encouraging and we're working with the bass federation and
the bass nation and other groups to increase the number of
lockages so we can at least come close to that number," said Barry
Pallay of the Upper Monongahela River Association.
There's also an online petition to keep the lock and dams open.
URL for online petition: