Coyote Run

From Unnamed Tributary To Coyote Run: Southern Clark County Stream Is Officially Named

WYSO | By Chris Welter Published August 31, 2020

A small waterway in southern Clark County is now officially named Coyote Run.

In 2017, Enon Sand and Gravel, a subsidiary of Jurgensen companies, went to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to ask for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge water from their proposed mining operation into a small local waterway that runs through private farmland. The company and the state called the waterway an “unnamed tributary.” Kathleen Mathews, who’s on the board of the environmental group Mud Run Conservancy, says that gave her an idea.

“It was so small and so insignificant it didn’t have a name. It just really annoyed me.” She says “that was part of the reason nobody was upset and so I just decided that I was going to try to figure out how you get things named.”

In July, the Mud Run Conservancy’s application to name the tributary was approved by the United States Board of Geographic Names. Now, the tributary is officially known as Coyote Run.

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Article by Chris Welter of WYSO.