The Friends Help Make the River Safer with Buoys Idea

Thanks to a request made by the Friends of the Mahoning River, six state-issued warning buoys are being installed to mark three industrial dams on the river. These buoys will help warn kayakers and canoeists of potential drowning hazards and will promote safer recreation.

The Friends group president, Patricia Dunbar was mentioned in this article, explaining that the new buoys, bearing signs that say, “Danger Dam,” will be especially helpful for out-of-town boaters, who may not be familiar with the river and the obstacles within it.

Jennifer Jones, coordinator of Green Youngstown (a city-run program), applied and received grant funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Jones provided in this article, that the idea for these buoys came from the Friends of the Mahoning River, who commonly use the river both on and off shore. The Friends’ efforts in contacting the city of Youngstown and the mayor, led to Green Youngstown applying for grant money.

Click below to watch the WKBN segment about this project, including an interview with Board Member, Don Rex.