WIND RIDGE – The Center for Coalfield Justice will hold its seventh annual DRYerson Festival today in Ryerson Station State Park in Wind Ridge.
There will be free food, live music, educational materials and local residents and organizations will share stories of Duke Lake and commemorate the long fight for its restoration.
The festival begins at 1 p.m. in Pavilion No. 1, with hot dogs and other food. CCJ staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome attendees, followed by speakers Robin Mann and Phil Coleman.
Mann, a current Sierra Club Board member and former president of the board of directors, will speak on what the fight for Duke Lake means in the context of the national fight for clean energy and healthy communities.
Coleman, a CCJ board member and past Pennsylvania chapter chairman of the Sierra Club, will speak about the eight-year fight for Duke Lake and what the next steps may hold.
Once the speakers conclude, there will be a banner drop near the breached dam at Duke Lake by CCJ volunteers. There will be a guided hike and many local organizations will share their work. Finally, local musician Tom Breiding will perform until the end of the festival at 4 p.m.
This year’s DRYerson Festival is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and supported by the Greene County Watershed Alliance and Wheeling Creek Watershed Conservancy.
The Center for Coalfield Justice is a Pennsylvania-incorporated, not-for-profit organization at 184 S. Main Street, Washington. CCJ is a membership organization, with a mission to “improve policy and regulations for the oversight of fossil fuel extraction and use; to educate, empower and organize coalfield citizens; and to protect public and environmental health.”
CCJ consists of individual members and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.