South Fork Little Conemaugh River, Pennsylvania

Historic deep mine activities along the stream have resulted in chronic Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) into the stream. AMD along with acid deposition have depressed the brook trout and aquatic life in this 4-mile stretch due to low PH, high aluminum, and low alkalinity. In addition, the stream bank shows major erosion along one 300-foot stretch.

The primary objective of this project is to mitigate the sources of AMD with Limestone beds, and mitigate the acid deposition with limestone sand dosing, Restoring the pH and alkalinity to allow for a renewed brook trout population and overall aquatic life restoration along the four-mile stretch of the South Fork.

Project development and background monitoring of water, macro-invertebrates and fish has been ongoing for since 2007 and is ready for action. This multi-partner effort (including site visits by, the Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of South Fork, Little Conemaugh River, PA. Environmental Protection and Trout Unlimited) are looking at a due date in mid-2009 to initiate the limestone dosing.

This project will ultimately remediate habitat and water quality problems and provide improved habitat for Eastern Brook Trout.

Partners:
• Cambria County Conservation District
• Cambria Somerset Authority
• Dunlo Rod and Gun Club
• Highland Sewer and Water Authority
• Little Conemaugh Watershed Association
• Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
• Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
• Trout Unlimited-Mountain Laurel Chapter
• Trout Unlimited-Pennsylvania Council
• U.S. Department of Agriculture - NRCS
• US Office of Surface Mining

Contact:

Meredith Bartron
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Northeast Fishery Center
P.O. Box 75 / 227 Washington Ave.
Lamar, PA, 16848
phone: (570) 726-4995 x5
fax: (570) 726-3255
Meredith_Bartron@fws.gov

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