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Photo caption: BCP Board members Bob Williamson and Ron Gunderson stand by the roadside which has been recently added to the Adopt-a-Highway program. BCP wants your group or business to also consider adopting a roadside!
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Berkeley Community Pride Joins Adopt-a-Highway program

In support of the West Virginia Adopt-a-Highway program, Berkeley Community Pride (BCP) recently completed the adoption of two miles of roadside. BCP’s roads start at Route 9 West and Harlan Springs Road, to Caperton Blvd, and Caperton back on GM Access Road to Route 9.

Under a new initiative, BCP is encouraging local businesses, civic groups, and local agencies to consider adopting a local roadside to address the pressing issue of litter. Beside the obvious negative visual impact of litter, the accumulated trash also poses a hazard to water resources as toxic materials seep into the groundwater. In addition, wildlife is attracted to the litter which creates a hazard to vehicular traffic. From an economic development perspective, the appearance of litter along the roadways sends the negative message that this is a community which doesn’t care. In actuality, BCP believes that the community has many very concerned and involved citizens and that only a few irresponsible and reckless persons create the problem.

BCP is working for both litter reduction and increased enforcement of existing litter laws. Please consider the Adopt-a-Highway program. Under the present program a roadside or a smaller portion of a roadside may be adopted. Information on the guidelines is available on the
DEP web site. Contact Anna Shahan, our local state coordinator, at dep.aah@wv.gov today to find out how your business or group can sign up!