The Times West Virginian

September 12, 2013

Locks threatened by economics

Three located between Morgantown, Fairmont among more than 60 in danger of being closed

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — It’s time save the locks on the Monongahela River.

The three locks between Morgantown and Fairmont are among more than 60 nationwide in danger of being closed.

The locks, under the supervision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), are the subject of the USACE Proposed Upper Monongahela River Service Reduction Plan.

The plan would include severe restrictions/reductions to recreational boat lockages at the Hildebrand and Opekiska locks, and reductions in Morgantown lock operations. Impacts on commercial passages will also be affected.

The Monongahela is not being singled out for service reductions.

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