As part of our Beaver Creek project, FOB had the opportunity to make improvements to the inflow structure at the Wetland Anoxic Limestone Drain (WALD) adjacent to the North Fork of the Blackwater. Local craftsmen Lon Marshall and Tommy Ashton rebuilt the structure and were so generous with their time that FOB was able to have a local fabricator CNC create a v-notch weir plate that will greatly improve the accuracy and ease of measuring water volume.
FOB is taking the first steps on replacing the WALD. We are excited about what’s to come. At the beginning of May we sent out a Request for Proposals to a group of engineering firms, and hosted a site visit tour on the 15th. We will begin receiving proposed designs by mid-July, and by the end of August should be off and running! The Forest Service has been an invaluable partner in this process, so we would like to thank the folks at the Cheat-Potomac ranger district office who are helping make this all happen.
And again, huge thanks to all our volunteers and financial contributors whose generous time and funding are making all this possible!