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‘I just kept finding them,’ W.Va. man says of tires in river

Exponent Telegram photo by Jeremiah Shelor Steven Hamrick, left, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Nick Millett load tires onto a trailer to haul them away for recycling. Hamrick pulled 200 tires from the West Fork River near his property.
Exponent Telegram photo by Jeremiah Shelor
Steven Hamrick, left, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Nick Millett load tires onto a trailer to haul them away for recycling. Hamrick pulled 200 tires from the West Fork River near his property.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Local U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials, with assistance from the state Department of Environmental Protection, helped a local resident remove 200 tires from the West Fork River Monday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Nick Millett and resident Steven Hamrick were loading mud-stained tires onto a trailer Monday on Hamrick’s property along the West Fork just outside of Clarksburg. The tires would later be hauled away for recycling.

Hamrick said he spent a total of about 16 hours removing 200 tires from a quarter-mile stretch of the West Fork near his house.

He first noticed the tires in the river when the water level was lowered last week while officials conducted a mussel survey.

“I just kept finding them…

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