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Cayton, S. | 2019 West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force Symposium, 26-27 March, Morgantown, WV, 48 slides, 2019

The Deckers Creek Watershed spans 64 mi2 across Preston and Monongalia Counties in North Central West Virginia. Deckers Creek flows ~24 miles and is listed on the West Virginia 303(d) list of impaired streams due to its acidity and metals and fecal coliform contamination stemming from the nearby Richard Mine. The Friends of Deckers Creek nonprofit watershed group aimed to turn Deckers Creek from a liability into an asset. For the past 19 years, the nonprofit focused its efforts on remediating acid mine drainage to remove Deckers and its tributaries from the 303(d) list. After years of monitoring and advocating for the cleanup of the Richard Mine across the community, the Natural Resource Conservation Service was awarded $3.375 million to assist the nonprofit to remediate the site in 2017. Although the design is in the beginning stages due to ongoing land negotiations, the plan is to install a large-scale active treatment site that will include an active doser, a clarifier, and additional treatment measures. Slides: Longer abstract: More information

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