Mahoning River revealed, local art displayed at today's Riverfest


If you were asked to define a stonecat madtom or a darter, you might be tempted to think they’re names of esoteric musical groups or something from a science-fiction movie.

Greg Orr, however, would quickly point out that you’d be wrong on both counts.

“I’m here to show folks what lies beneath the water,” Orr, an environmental scientist with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said about the two types of fish that live in the Mahoning River.

Stonecat madtoms, a type of catfish, along with darters, blue gills, green sawfish and white suckers, are among the species of fish that inhabit the river, which was the centerpiece of today’s first Mahoning Riverfest program outside the B&O Station Banquet Hall at 530 Mahoning Ave., downtown.

Hosting the five-hour gathering was Friends of the Mahoning River, an organization formed last April that’s dedicated to improving the quality of the river through education, restoration and recreation, according to its mission statement.

The event also was in conjunction with Artists of the Rust Belt’s Artober Show & Sale, which continues from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the B&O.

Orr was one of an estimated 13 vendors who took part in the program, which featured exhibits, presentations and displays focused on environmental conservation and river preservation.

For more on the event, read Sunday's Vindicator or

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