W.Va. keeps funds for efforts to curb black flies

BECKLEY (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture says that the annual effort to control black flies in three southern West Virginia rivers will continue this year.

Agency spokesman Buddy Davidson tells The Register-Herald that legislators ensured that about $700,000 is in place for the spraying operations.

All that’s needed now for the program to restart is a new contract and better weather.

Normally, the spraying along the New, Greenbrier and Bluestone rivers begins the last week of March.

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