Non-Golden Pond

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Rodney Starcher has been fishing on the two-mile lake near his home since he was a child, but he has never seen the water as muddy as it has been since last fall.

"If the mud doesn't kill the fish, they will starve to death," Starcher says. "For every fish that spawns this year, they're not going to make it, they'll have nothing to eat."

Residents are pointing the accusing finger at the Corridor D construction in their area. The newest phase of that construction began just as the lake began to darken.

An official of the West Virginia Division of Highways declined to comment on camera. He did tell us an investigation is underway by the Department of Environmental Protection to determine whether the problem is the construction or a nearby farm pond.

But the owner of that pond also says the problem is the construction.

"(It began) when they started digging behind the pond and piling dirt," says Jay Memel. "Ever since early last summer, it started turning a brown color."

Starcher and his neighbors say efforts to close off the construction area have slightly improved the problem, but the water quality still isn't what it was before last October.

George Shinsky, construction engineer for the Division of Highways, says a substance used to treat drinking water is being tested to determine if it can improve the water quality.