Water Resources Program 2019-2021

Key Project:

Complete Woodley Draft Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Reclamation Project


Priority Water Resources Need:

Remediate Abandoned Mine Drainage Impacts


Project Location:

Bituminous Coal Field Region, Clinton County, Pennsylvania


Project Lead:

Project Description:

Woodley Draft Mine Reclamation Terrain Map Prior to adoption of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act in the mid‐1970s, coal mining practices throughout Pennsylvania commonly left landscapes physically altered in ways that were potential human health hazards and that continue to compromise the integrity of forests and watersheds. Numerous watersheds in the West Branch Susquehanna River region remain afflicted by coal mining’s legacy. Drury Run is a typical example in that it contains a blend of stream reaches impaired by AMD, others impacted by AML, and some with viable and even thriving wild trout populations. In 2017, SRBC and partners built a passive AMD treatment facility in the watershed. Woodley Draft, a subwatershed, is impacted by diffuse flow through coal‐mined barrens. SRBC and partners propose to re‐grade a 60+ ‐acre setting; neutralize acidic soils and increase organic matter content using residue from paper processing; and, plant the restored area with native forest species including a blight‐resistant stand of American chestnut trees.


Challenges:
  • Fluctuations in market price of pulp‐quality timber, the availability of soil amendment material, and transportation costs to acquire soil amendments.

Key Milestones:
  • •  Coordinate existing timber removal and soil amendment source
    (May 2018)
  • •  Implement restoration plan
    (October 2018)
  • •  Complete restoration work
    (December 2019)