Cacapon River Cleanup—Volunteer Opportunity

Hands-on, dirty, and gratifying! Roll up your sleeves and help the Friends of the Cacapon River cleanup our river. 

Join our passionate volunteers who are working hard this year to keep the Cacapon River beautiful and clean by removing trash, litter, and old tires from our river’s waters. 

Our first river cleanup of the year will kick off on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 11 AM, at the Great Cacapon Public River Access Site in Morgan County. 

This family-friendly volunteer event is a wonderful place to meet other like-mined river people while helping clean up the Cacapon River!

Please wear appropriate clothing, such as boots and long pants that you don’t mind getting dirty. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle, too. 

The cleanup with start with a very brief introduction on the Friends of the Cacapon River and on cleanup safety. We’ll provide the bags, work gloves, and “trash grabbers,” as well as drinking water and some light snacks. Then it’s off we go to remove as much trash as we can!

We hope to see you there!

Directions: The Great Cacapon Public River Access Site is located off Rt. 9, about 1/2 mile from the U.S. Post Office in Great Cacapon. It’s under the green trellis bridge and marked with a brown street sign that reads “Public River Access.” If you’re coming from the Berkeley Springs area, you’ll make a left turn on the gravel road before the green bridge. If you’re headed from the Paw Paw area, you’ll make a right turn after the bridge. 

Friends of the Cacapon River Wins $5,000 Grant

 

The Friends of the Cacapon River received a $5,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Stream Partners Program. The grant funding will be used to update, streamline, and distribute our most requested publication: theHomeowner Packet: A Guide for Families Living Along a Waterway, which was originally created in 1995. 

The updated version of this popular publication—renamed the Cacapon RiverStewardship Guide for Landowners—aims to empower the local community and landowners to become effective stewards of both the Cacapon River and the land they own. Available next year, the Stewardship Guide will provide essential information about the Cacapon River, including 12 specific actions that local landowners can take to have a direct impact on the health the Cacapon River. 

We hope that by empowering the community with this essential river stewardship knowledge, individual landowners will take the necessary steps to maintain and improve the health of the Cacapon River—which will ultimately have a lasting, beneficial impact on the river and increase stewardship of and appreciation for the clean, beautiful river on which we live and play.

 

Friends of Cacapon River Sponsors Child for Stream Scholars Summer Camp

As part of our goal to help educate the local community—especially our local youth—about the importance of the Cacapon River and it’s watershed, the Friends of the Cacapon River sponsored a child from Morgan County for the Cacapon Institute’s excellent Stream Scholars Summer Camp. 

The Cacapon Institute’s Stream Scholars Summer Camp is a hands-on exploration of stream ecology and conservation for middle and high school students. This year, the campers explored rivers in the Potomac Headwaters, traveled up the watershed to Spruce Knob, WV, and spent two nights camping and discovering the Chesapeake Bay’s highest peaks. They also enjoyed a sunshine-filled canoe float trip on the Cacapon River. 

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