When it comes to cleaning the New River, it seems we can never do enough. Such is the case when you have a big, nasty problem.
It seems there are some efforts making a difference lately. They may not completely clean one of the dirtiest waterways in the continent, but if those efforts wipe out at least a small portion of the pollution that plagues the waterway, they will make a difference.
One of the most recent efforts is the development of an aeration device installed on the river by the Citizens Congressional Task Force. The device increases dissolved oxygen used by bacteria to break down organic matter. The dissolved oxygen will increase the amount of bugs and algae for fish to eat, which are good things. The device creates the appearance of white-water movement on the New River.
While one aeration device has been installed, if the effort proves successful more could follow. The idea is the aeration device could work hand-in-hand with another project — the New River wetlands project — which already is helping clean the river.