January 30, 2013
The Madison Rotarians are always pleased when Bill Currey, left, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Coal River Group, visits their club. During a recent meeting, Currey introduced Sara Cottingham, the new OSM/VISTA watershed coordinator, who is working with the Group on expanding outreach in the community. Since the Coal River Group, consisting of volunteers interested in river and stream cleanup and as Currey said, “bringing life back to the coal rivers,” was organized in 2003, much good work has been done to improve our rivers and streams and includes recreational and educational programs. In 2008, the Big Coal River Group was formed from the Coal River Group and the cleanup process has resulted in a series of river float trips and the creation of a local fitness trail, just two examples of how citizens in a rural area can make a difference. Currey pointed out that in 2012, two new river access boat ramps have been added, making a total of over 17 available to the public in the Coal River Water Trail. Currey and Cottingham were introduced by Madison Rotary Club President Nick Smith, right.