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“River Project” Has Some Opposition

July 8th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

More than 100 area citizens packed a meeting last month to hear details about what has become known as the “River Project”- which consists of removal of the dam under the Cumberland-Ridgeley, W.Va., bridge. This would allow the North Branch of the Potomac River to return to its natural state, which would also clear the way for a recreational area that would include canoeing, kayaking and boating. There is far from consensus however, and just last week two local residents spoke during the public input portion of Cumberland City Council meeting expressing concerns with the concept. Gary Clites of Carpendale, W.Va., and Bernie Miltenberger of Frostburg said that the three-mile stretch of the North Branch of the Potomac River behind the dam could be returned to what they said was a golden age for recreation on the river as a boating, canoeing and fishing hub…


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