Mon River Recreation and Commerce Committee to Meet

The MRR&CC will hold a public meeting at noon on 7 July 2011 in tha Administration Building (Annex) at the Morgantown Airport.

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This page acts as a portal to activities of the
Monongahela River Recreation & Commerce Committee (MRR&CC).

The Monongahela River Recreation & Commerce Committee ("MRRCC") promotes the conservation of the Monongahela River and provides counsel to the public and the business community in their pursuits for both economic development and recreational activities that utilize the Monongahela River. As of June 2011, the MRRCC had been inactive during the past 18 months while many of its members have been involved with water quality meetings.

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Sixth Annual Monongahela River Summit
May 18, 2011 - Waterfront
Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV

Recognizing the unique opportunities provided by the Monongahela River to its riparian communities and citizens, we hold the annual Monongahela River Summit to provide a forum for discussion of River issues.

Tygart Dam, Grafton, WV - Initially proposed solely as a water supply to assure year round operation on the Monongahela Navigation, when authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1935, Tygart Dam became the first flood control project in the Pittsburgh District. It was also a "relief" (pubic jobs) and economic stimulus program of the Roosevelt NRA. Since then, the project authorization has been expanded to include recreation and improvement of  water quality and quantity for domestic and industrial use, esthetics and aquatic life.  Tygart has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 4.56 inches of precipitation from its 1,184 square mile drainage area. Since its completion in 1938, Tygart has prevented flood damages estimated to be nearly $1.2 billion.  When compared to the flood control benefits which have resulted, the $18.5 million construction costs are greatly overshadowed.  The original photo for this classic postcard image was taken while forest cutting and burning on the lake bottom was still inprogress.

Col. Graham, Pittsburgh District Engineer, to deliver the keynote address

Col. William H. Graham, Pittsburgh District Engineer, has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address. Col. Graham took over the command of the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last July, and this will be his first public appearance in Morgantown.

He has an unusual background for a Pittsburgh District Engineer in that he is a Western Pennsylvania native, he was commissioned through the University of Pittsburgh's ROTC program in 1988, and served as a junior staff mrember in the District about a decade ago.

Most recently he spent a year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the Army War College Fellow to MIT's Security Studies Program. He has also served as a platoon leader during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Click here for 2011 Summit information and On-Line Registration

For a look at our past, click the link below

2008 Mon River Summit Report