Over the years, FODC has built and maintained several project sites within the watershed that help improve the water quality in the area by reducing acid mine drainage (AMD) emanating from abandoned mines. AMD is the most common pollutant in the Deckers Creek watershed and is the primary focus of our remediation projects. While considerable improvements have been made to Deckers Creek over the years, the stream still does not meet several water quality standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. As a means to alleviate these issues, FODC has set out to clean and remediate many of the streams and tributaries that feed into Deckers Creek.

We are always accepting statements of qualification from engineering firms that specialize in AMD remediation and stream restoration designs. Please contact us at info@deckerscreek.org for further information.

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Slabcamp Tributary
Kanes Creek South Site
Valley Point #12
Valley Highwall #3
Reed Mine
SAPS & SPTP
Ingrand Mine
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Slabcamp Tributary

PASSIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

Completed in 2015, this project targets several abandoned mine discharges that feed into an unnamed tributary to Slabcamp Run, a 5.4 acre wetland, and ultimately Deckers Creek just outside of Masontown.  This project utilizes auto-flushing limestone ponds that are equipped with automatic siphons that are powered by air and water.

Kanes Creek South Site #1

ACTIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

In 2011, FODC completed the Kanes Creek South Site #1 project which actively distributes hydrated lime into a tributary to Kanes Creek and Deckers Creek.  Soon, this project will be upgraded to more efficiently mix the hydrated lime and acidic mine water, improving the reaction that helps pull the metals out of solution while simultaneously collecting the precipitated metals before they can flow downstream.  The upgrade will be made possible by utilizing  a trompe air compressor, which is ancient technology that's now very effectively being utilized to treat AMD.  Much like the bell siphon utilized at Slabcamp, this entire site will be powered by air and water.

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Valley Point #12

PASSIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

This project will be an upgrade to one of our older systems, also located in the Valley Point area of Preston County.  FODC originally constructed the Valley Point #12 project in 2008; unfortunately, due to mine seepage that could not be collected, as well as overall wear-and-tear on the project itself, this site is in need of some upgrades.  As a result, we are gearing up to renovate this old project  by the end of 2016.  This project will feature a vertical flow wetland (VFW) equipped with cattails that will help improve the longevity of the VFW and the system as a whole.

Valley Highwall #3

ACTIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

The Valley Highwall #3 project was originally constructed in 2010 to treat mine water draining into Kanes Creek and Deckers Creek.  Unfortunately, performance of this doser is negatively affected by unreacted lime and excessive metal hydroxide precipitates clogging the tributary as it flows downstream. Similar to the Kanes Creek South Site #1 Project, this doser will be upgraded with a trompe to more efficiently mix the hydrated lime and acidic mine water. This will improve the reaction that helps pull the metals out of solution and also collect the precipitated metals before they can flow downstream.

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Reed Mine

PASSIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

This project, which was completed in 2013, targets the abandoned Reed Mine out in the Valley Point area of Preston County. The AMD emanating from this site feeds into Dills Run, a nearby flood control impoundment, Kanes Creek, and ultimately Deckers Creek.

SAPS & SPTP

PASSIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

In 1997, the office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation constructed the Upper Deckers Creek Impoundment #5 and the nearby successive alkalinity producing system (SAPS)  in order to remediate AMD.  FODC later expanded on the previously installed SAPS in 2012 and constructed the Satcher Pre-Treatment Pond (SPTP) while also reworking piping and overflow areas within the SAPS system to treat additional AMD.

This additional SPTP pond was constructed to collect water emanating from a nearby AMD source not being treated by the SAPS system.  This pre-treatment pond is now connected to the larger SAPS system.

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Ingrand Mine

PASSIVE TREATMENT SYSTEM

Completed in 2016, this project targets the abandoned Ingrand Mine out in the Valley Point area of Preston County that feeds into Dills Run, a nearby flood control impoundment, Kanes Creek, and Deckers Creek. Due to the high prevalence of ferrous iron emanating from one of the outputs at this site, we were given the opportunity to install a low pH iron oxidation terrace.