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The Robert C. Byrd Ecological Park restoration and revitalization efforts are well underway at the school’s campus. Through the generous donations of equipment and labor from Antero Resources, Wolfe’s Excavating, Cleveland Brothers, and the Clarksburg Water Board the pond is in the process of being dredged.
The dredging of the pond is expected to be completed by Friday, April 5th.To date, a little over 100 more truckloads of sediment have been removed from the pond with an anticipated 100 to still be removed. The footage of sediment was much deeper than initially expected, from the initial two (2) feet, the pond was five (5) feet deep of sediment. Upon the completion of the dredging, the pond will be a maximum 15 feet deep and doubled in width.
Upon the completion of the dredging, the pond will take an estimated two (2) weeks to fill. Once the pond is full, wildlife will be reintroduced to the pond through pond enhancers to help introduce needed microorganisms and bacteria that are necessary to sustain life. Those involved with the project are working with a local hatchery to stock the pond.
Upon the refill of the pond, beautification efforts will take place. The beautification of the Ecological Park will consist of replacing the decks with stone pavers, installation of a walkway, cleaning of the the pavilion, power washing the deck, and painting.
RCB will host its first Hooked on Fishing program in late May in conjunction with Nutter Fort Elementary School. This will be the first Hooked on Fishing to take place since the restoration has begun.
Phase two (2) and three (3) of the restoration and revitalization will still be taking place even after the pond is filled and stocked. Phase two (2) will consist of revitalization of the Ecological Park’s amphitheater and installation of a restroom facility and concession. While phase three (3) will consist of a walking trail around the pond being revived.
The sediment that has been removed from the pond and placed behind silt fences will be available for purchase once it is completed dried out. For more information, please contact Monica Audia at Robert C. Byrd High School by calling (304)326-7200.