For Immediate Release

October 9, 2020

New Straitsville, Ohio — The leaves aren’t the only thing changing in Southeast Ohio this fall. The water quality in our local creeks is changing, too — for the better. Join Rural Action on Friday, Oct. 30 for a tour that will highlight the progress that’s been made in improving local watersheds.

The tour will highlight the following three locations:

  • The Rush Creek watershed at the Rehoboth Wetland.
  • Monday Creek at the Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail.
  • Ohio’s worst Acid Mine Drainage seep, where True Pigments is working to turn pollution into art.

Rural Action’s Watersheds Program will be conducting the tour, and at each site a presenter will talk about the work occurring at that location and answer questions from the group.

To ensure safety and proper social distancing, there will be three tour groups.

  • Group 1 – 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Group 2 – 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Group 3 – 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Signups are limited, so visit today to register for the group you would like to join. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation during the tour. Each tour group will have a group leader who will guide the group to each tour stop. Total driving time between tour sites is approximately 1 hour, and groups will spend 30 minutes at each tour site.

Contact Kylee Nichols at with questions, concerns, or accommodations that you might need.

Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at


Kylee Nichols
Monday Creek AmeriCorps Member