Gilmer County citizens are banding to form a group to discuss concerns and learn about problems related to the Little Kanawha River basin. Residents attending a meeting on October 8 agreed to form the coalition and a mission statement for the Gilmer County Watershed Coalition was created.

The group is scheduled to meet on October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Community Showcase, 115 Main Street in Glenville, according to Lisa Hayes-Minney, one of the organizers. Residents from the region are invited to participate.

"We will review the discussions of the previous meeting, then begin together to learn about water issues that face the community," said Minney.

Some of the educational topics include information on watershed development, flood plain and riparian zones, the Flood Control Act of 1936 and results in the region, low impact flood plain development, the "Clean Water Act," funding for watershed projects, flood mitigation plans and FEMA's community rating system.

Recently the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers held public meetings in Glenville, Grantsville and Elizabeth, with those attending unclear about what that group has in mind for the Little Kanawha basin.

The engineering group gave a message that the area was so sparsely populated, it was highly unlikely money would be filtered into the region for flood control or projects.

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