Stream near Flight 93 Memorial to get cleanup from acid mine drainage
A new round of grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection will help restore more than 20 miles of streams in four counties as well as at the Flight 93 National Memorial.
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced $1.6 million in grants for the restoration of streams affected by acid mine drainage in Somerset, Indiana, Fayette and Clearfield counties.
Among the seven projects to receive funding is a passive treatment system proposed for Lamberts Run in Stonycreek Township, located a mile from the Flight 93 Memorial, the DEP said.
The Somerset County Conservation District received $551,319 for construction of the system. In addition to removing the final source of acid mine drainage impairment in the Lamberts Run Watershed, the system is expected to improve water quality in the upper Stonycreek River, the DEP said.
The project complements existing treatment systems at the headwaters of Lamberts Run on the Flight 93 property.
“Pennsylvania continues to chip away at the immense challenge of restoring streams impaired before the creation of environmental regulations,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These projects bring together the best resources in planning, design, construction and maintenance to help bring streams back to life.”
Other projects are as follows:
- Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association — $48,193 for limestone treatment to restore acid mine drainage-impaired headwaters of Babcock Creek in Gallitzin State Forest. The project is anticipated to expand local habitat for Pennsylvania’s state fish: the brook trout.
- Shade Creek Watershed Association — $208,141 for acid mine drainage treatment on Coal Run in State Game Land 228, Shade Township. The project will restore more than four miles of stream and maintain previous mine drainage treatment in the headwaters of Shade Creek, which are supporting native brook trout populations.
- Mountain Watershed Association — $426,279 for new work to maintain remediation and address new discharges in the Gallentine and Sagamore acid mine drainage passive treatment systems in Saltlick and Springfield townships. The two systems are integral to maintaining water quality in Indian Creek, which prior acid mine drainage remediation has restored to a trout-stocked fishery.
- Indiana County Conservation District — $83,624 to develop a plan to restore 18 miles of acid mine drainage-impaired streams in the Yellow Creek Watershed. The conservation district will do an assessment of the watershed and develop a restoration plan to guide future cleanup efforts.
- Stream Restoration Inc. — $57,559 to develop a plan to restore Aultman’s Run Watershed, which has 69 miles of stream and covers parts of Indiana and Armstrong counties. Completion of the restoration plan will guide future cleanup strategies and enable five planned acid mine drainage and coal refuse cleanup projects to qualify for funding.
- Clearfield County Conservation District — $249,500 to improve recreational use of Little Beaver Run in Decatur Township by designing and building an acid mine drainage treatment system, including a pond, wetland, and limestone bed, to reduce acidity.
The grants come from the state Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Fund and a state fund supported by the federal Abandoned Mine Land Program.
Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.