Sinkhole Cleanup Day - October 24, 2009
Volunteers are invited to Make a Difference Saturday to help protect our mountain groundwater. The Monongahela National Forest, Mountain State Grotto caving group, and Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps are joining forces to clean up the Pink Helictite Cave sinkhole on October 24, 2009 for Make a Difference Day.
Pink Helictite Cave has its entrance at the base of the sinkhole west of
Durbin. The sinkhole had been used as a dump for many years. While a pile of
trash is not an attractive sight, it does more than just spoil the natural
beauty of a place.
At Pink Helictite Cave sinkhole, water enters the cave from a spring that
pours over the limestone cliff on one side of the sinkhole, and from
overland run off that passes through the sinkhole. With the sinkhole filled
with household trash, this water carries pollutants into the area�s karst
groundwater system. This Make a Difference Day project will help clean out
the trash to protect groundwater quality.
Five trash pick-up sessions, including 2008 Make a Difference Day, have
removed more than 3.5 tons of garbage. This work has greatly reduced the
bulk of the remaining trash, but to rid the sinkhole of the source of
groundwater pollution, more trash removal is necessary. With the help of
many hands, we hope to reach clean, natural ground soon.
Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is a regional initiative to promote heritage tourism and education based on forest heritage. The AFHA AmeriCorps members work on a variety of community projects relating to heritage development, conservation, and historic preservation. AFHA AmeriCorps is funded in part by Volunteer West Virginia, the state�s Commission for National and Community Service, and by the Corporation for National and Community Service.