Mon River Recreation & Commerce VISION 2020 Committee

Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, meets 9AM Friday 9 January 2009
Conference Room -Administration Building - Morgantown Airport
(same location as Nov & Dec 08 meetings).

Next meeting will be Friday 13 February 2009. Location to be announced.

UPDATE noon Monday 5 January 2009.

AGENDA MODIFICATION for MRR&CC meeting 9AM Friday 9 January 2009 at Morgantown airport.

Lisa McClung, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, WV Department of Environmental Protection, called Barry Pallay this morning, concerning the letters we sent to WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Huffman and to Governor Manchin. These letters are posted at on the Marcellus page.

Scott Mandirola, Director, Division of Water and Waste Management, will attend our meeting. Assistant Director Patrick Campbell also is expected to attend.

Therefore, from 9AM to 9:45AM, our meeting will address regular agenda items, and also touch upon Mon river water quality issues.

We will take a break from 9:45AM to 10AM.


This will focus on the ten points raised in our letter to Secretary Huffman. Paul Ziemkiewicz will also summarize the status of Mon river water quality issues and needs.


Mon River Recreation & Commerce VISION 2020 Committee, Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, meets 9AM Friday 9 January 2009, conference room, administration building, Morgantown airport (same location as Nov & Dec 08 meetings).

Next meeting will be Friday 13 February 2009. Location to be announced.

NOTE: If you have an item for the agenda, please contact Don Strimbeck, 304-599-7585,

REV 2, 5 Jan 09.


* Review/approve minutes of 12 December 2008 meeting.

* RIVERFRONT PROJECT presented to MRR&CC at our 10 October meeting by WVU students Madeleine Hoden, Julie Kagler, and Daniel Proudfoot, was presented 3PM Friday 12 December to Chief of Staff to WVU president, and other top-level WVU administrators. Great interest expressed in the concept, and WVU may explore implementation. Ch 12 attended briefing and had 11PM news report. Barry Pallay and Wally Venable attended and supported the presentation.

* Update on Mon River Water Quality Monitoring Program. - Barry Pallay, Paul Ziemkiewicz, and, Frank Jernejcic.

* Update on Marcellus and Mon water quality issues. - Barry Pallay, Frank Jernejcic, Paul Ziemkiewicz.

(See MARCELLUS note at end of agenda). (Go to and read letters sent to Governor Manchin and WVDEP Secretary Huffman, on Marcellus page).

* Format and agenda for Mon River Summit IV, Monday 13 April 2009, Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown WV. Committee input sought here. But, what follows comes from Pallay-Strimbeck phone conversation. We will again go with no breakout sessions. Theme is A FORUM ON OPPORTUNITIES AND ISSUES ON MON RIVER WATER QUALITY, COMMERCE, RECREATION, AND, INFRASTRUCTURE. Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce president Ken Busz welcomes summit attendees. Patrick Donovan Ex Dir WV Public Port Authority again does keynote talk, focus on progress with intramodal transportation in WV, and, how his agency can boost boating recreation. Wally Venable presentation (let Wally make presentation this time!) on Mon events since last summit. Pittsburgh District presentation on status of district infrastructure, by COL Mike Crall, District Engineer. We then move to the four forum topics. Session on water quality chaired by Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director, WV Water Research Institute. Session on river commerce and infrastructure issues chaired by Jim McCarville, Ex Dir Port of Pittsburgh Commission. Session on recreation chaired by Frank Jernejcic, WVDNR, to include tourism development component by Peggy Myers-Smith, Ex Dir, Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau. Format would be presentation by chairman of each group, then, panel discussion (we will designate folks to be on the panels), followed by audience questions. Summit ends with Wally Venable recap! What we do for lunch speaker is up for grabs!!! Perhaps this speaker could address how their community used their river to enhance tourism? That might be a good follow-up re our Point Pleasant speaker at MRS III??!!

* Fund raising. For summit. For Coffindaffer Riverfront Fund. For Upper Mon Water Trail map.

* Status of WVDNR launch facility, and, fishing and boat access -Jernejcic. Corps rejection re fishing access at Morgantown lock & dam.

* Status of Upper Mon Water Trail map - Martin Christ, Paula Martinelli. ESPECIALLY, funds needed to pay for new design and for PFBC to print us 15,000 copies? What do we have on hand, and, what do we need NOW!?

* River arts projects - Ro Brooks.

* Miners Memorial Park. - Carol Thorn.

* Quality Glass site status - Patrick Kirby.

* River photos - for yearly event summary Wally Venable prepares for Mon River Summit, and, for UMRA calendar

* Other topics ? Granville waterfront park and water taxi? Hildebrand trash boom? Additional committee members?



MARCELLUS note. On Christmas eve I downloaded and sent out Wall Street Journal article re Colorado legislation and rule-making re gas wells etc. Wally Venable has posted this article at under IN THE NEWS RECENT ADDITIONS.

Go to

Check out:

* Rulemaking press release 11 Dec 08.

* Final amended rules, 165pp.

* Final statement of basis and purpose, 85pp.

Donald C. Strimbeck, Secretary
Upper Monongahela River Association Incorporated
109 Broad Street, P.O. Box 519 
Granville, WV 26534-0519
304-599-7585 (Fax:4131)