For Immediate Release

February 24, 2020

Mineral City, Ohio — The Mud Run Stream Keepers will host their Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, March 7 from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Tuscarawas VFW Post 7943. Dinners will be $10 each and include fresh fish, fries, coleslaw, a roll, and dessert. Bring the entire family to support watershed restoration, education, and outreach in your community.

The Mud Run Watershed, located just west of the Village of Tuscarawas, is a 10-square-mile area of land that drains directly into the Tuscarawas River. This 8-mile-long stream is heavily impacted by past coal mining activity, resulting in increased metal concentrations, acidic water, and decreased biodiversity. In 2011, a group of citizens formed the Mud Run Stream Keepers to improve the health of the watershed and provide environmental education opportunities to members of the community.

Together with Rural Action’s Middle Tuscarawas Watershed Office in Mineral City, the Mud Run Stream Keepers reach hundreds of citizens through workshops, community meetings, and student field days each year. In fall 2018, over 250 Dover Middle School students explored Mud Run and learned about fish, stream habitats, macroinvertebrates, chemical water quality, and restoration efforts, all at no cost to the school district. Events like this are possible because of funds raised during the Fish Fry.

“This is always a fun event,” says Belle Everett, president of the Mud Run Stream Keepers. “It is not just a way for the community to support our work but for them to be part of our success. We enjoy sharing information on our restoration efforts and educational programs with everyone because without their support, none of it would be possible.”

For more information on the Fish Fry and upcoming events, visit the Mud Run Watershed Facebook page at

Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 29-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



Taisa Dzindo

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