DECKERS CREEK, West Virginia


Deckers Creek Repository, Ridge to River. 2010.

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Back of Repository with carrying straps and waist band.

Handmade ceramic Canteen with carrying case.

Staining pack with iron oxide and clay from Deckers Creek.

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Acidic water draining from mine into Deckers Creek.

Deckers Creek.

The old wound was oozing a rusty red fluid into Deckers Creek in Northern West Virginia. Upstream the water was clear with a solidly high pH level of 7.7. But at the outflow of the abandoned Richards Coal Mine the pH reading was 4.2 and the rocks were stained deep burgundy where the acid mine drainage bled into the water.


For two months before arriving I corresponded with community groups, scientists, videographers, potters, and faculty and graduate students at the University of West Virginia. I had been invited to create a Gathering of Waters project along the short nineteen mile length of Deckers Creek which we were able to do in just one day with the help of bicyclists, runners, walkers, and kayakers.

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Canteen and Logbook head down creek in kayaks.


Adding water to Canteen at source of the creek.


Handing off Canteen.

Adding more water to Canteen.

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Biking with the Repository.

Repository along creek trail.

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Writing in the Logbook.

Logbook page.

Ph levels along Deckers Creek.


Reading river poems at the confluence of Deckers Creek and Monogahela River.

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