By doing these walks
they found the main polluters of this stream, which includes 38
abandoned gas and oil wells and 54 acid mine drainages. The acid
mine drainages come from the old strip mines and deep mines on the
surrounding hills. When we apply for the next round of grant money
we will try to plug most of the wells and put in some treatment
systems. This is a very big job, which will take several years to
The Knox office of the
DEP has done everything they can to help us on this project. They
are ready to attend any meetings and answer all our questions. Along
with the help from the DEP we would also like to thank Hedin Environmental,
Bernie Spozio and the conservation district, and CWM Environmental
for all of their professional help and advice. With the help from
these 4 groups we hope that our children and grandchildren will
never see one of our streams running red with acid mine drainage
We would like to thank
our state representative Fred McElhatten for his interest in our
organization. He has attended a few of our meetings and a workshop
we had. He, along with our state senator Mary Jo White have helped
us secure funding with the Growing Greener grants.
On November 4, 2005 we
were contacted by the state DEP saying that we were awarded a Growing
Greener grant for $97,601. It is among the first funded by the $625
million Growing Greener II Bond Initiative.
This grant will put a passive treatment system in at the headwaters
of Rattlesnake Run by the Obenrader-McCloskey sawmill on Siegel
road. This will be a self-flushing treatment system to treat two
high aluminum abandon mine discharges.
We have also been approved
to do a hydrogeological study on Mahle Run in mid December 2005.
Where we have three discharges we would like to make one discharge
and put in just one passive treatment system.