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Stream-Restoration Project Breathes New Life Into Buffalo Creek


The site of a 1972 disaster along Logan County’s Buffalo Creek is having new life breathed into it.

Buffalo Creek is rapidly becoming one of southern West Virginia’s most popular trout streams.
This week marks the 42nd anniversary of the collapse of an earthen dam along Buffalo Creek after heavy rain. It unleashed a flood that killed 125 people, injured 1,100 and left about 4,000 homeless.
The Charleston Gazette reports
that a $750,000 stream-restoration project and other ongoing efforts have transformed the creek into a place where trout can thrive and anglers can fish.
The president of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association calls the change dramatic. Perry Harvey says that after the flood, the creek had nothing growing in it, and it was littered with trash and debris.