Ideally, he added, anglers would pick up after themselves.
"It kind of starts at home," he said. "If they can carry Styrofoam worm containers in there filled with dirt and worms, they should be able to carry them out empty."
When the new licenses go into effect, AEP will become responsible for keeping the piers clean.
"Either AEP will have their own personnel to do it, or they'll [hire] people to come in and get it done," Bledsoe said. "And I'm confident they'll do it. If they didn't, they would be out of compliance with their [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] license, and the commission takes very seriously the upholding of these license agreements."
He said litter-pickup provisions written into licenses renewed within the last 10 to 20 years have created much cleaner conditions at the Ohio River's Belleville and Hannibal piers.
He expects the same thing to happen at the three Kanawha River facilities.
Although Jan. 31, 2014 is when the old licenses expire, Bledsoe said it's possible that new agreements might go into effect somewhat sooner than that.
"FERC usually runs a little ahead of schedule," he said.
And once the agreements are in effect, anglers at the piers should have a long time to enjoy the cleaned-up surroundings.
"The Winfield, Marmet and London agreements will be for 50 years," Bledsoe said. "That's why it was important to get what we wanted up front. You only get one shot at this in a career, and we wanted to make sure the angling public benefited from it."
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