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Morgantown wants locks open for recreational use

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgantown is joining an effort to keep two locks on the Upper Monongahela River open for recreational use.

Media outlets say City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that supports continued recreational use of the Hildebrand and Opekiska locks.

The Marion County Commission approved a similar resolution last week.

Beginning in October, the Army Corps of Engineers plans to allow only commercial traffic to use the locks to cut costs.

The resolutions suggest keeping the locks open for recreational use 45 days instead of 60. They also propose using contractual, temporary, part-time or seasonal employees to operate the locks.

 


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