First Energy helps the environment


It seems so often we read about corporations not doing their part when it comes to the environment. Well, this past summer I had the opportunity to witness just the opposite.

Basically from a request from a newly formed, ever-growing group, Mahoning River Paddlers, and without hesitation, First Energy removed 12 concrete piers that spanned the river one mile below Lowellville, a few hundred yards from the Pennsylvania state line, that had served as a rail line / low head dam.

Since then, logs and debris were constantly piling up against the piers, creating a dead trap for approaching paddlers, First Energy, realizing their responsibility to safety and the environment, and as river traffic continues to increase, and with Lowellville working aggressively to remove the dam located in the village this summer, removed all 12 piers, 30-plus semi-trailer loads of logs and debris, and restored severely eroding river banks, costing millions of dollars.

Today, when you paddle that section of the river you experience a park-like setting. To reference this first hand, go to YouTube, type Mahoning River, a six-minute video has been created showing before, during and completed footage, and you can see how First Energy had taken the first major step to clean the lower Mahoning River for future generations to experience and enjoy.

Chuck Miller

Mahoning River Paddlers, Boardman