Treatment Systems Overview

  • Site 42 – DEP 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant - approved by EPA and DEP spring 1999. This first passive treatment system in the watershed began successful operation March, 2000.
  • Site 48 – Funded by a US Office of Surface Mining grant. The second passive treatment system in the watershed began successful operation Fall, 2000
  • Site 15 – SCRA and NCCD received $454,150 in August 2002 from DEP 319 funds for the installation of a passive mine drainage treatment system at the Corbin Mine Drift along Route 901 in Coal Township. This fourth treatment system in the watershed treats a low-pH, high iron and aluminum discharge that contributes about 5% of the iron to the entire watershed. Construction started in summer 2004 and the system was first online in Spring of 2007. Fencing around the ponds was added in Spring of 2009.  

Completed Projects

SCRA has participated in numerous projects within the watershed. Including assessments, public meetings and restoration projects.

  • Preliminary assessment of main-stream and tributaries affected by abandoned mine drainage. Performed by SCRA volunteers in Fall '98. Click here to see data from this assessment.
  • Public meeting, March 2, 2005 to update residents on progress over the last 9 years and explain future plans; Shamokin Area High School.
  • A Bucknell class studying the Anthracite Region has prepared a 15-minute videotape showing history, causes and effects of AMD, and methods of treatment. The videotape has been made available to the SCRA so that it can be distributed to libraries and local groups for educational purposes. The tape can be copied and distributed at no cost. Contact the SCRA to borrow the tape (SCRA, PO Box 263, Mt. Carmel, PA 17851
  • March 9, 2001 submission of a Growing Greener grant to characterize Scarlift Site 12, the largest mine discharge in the watershed and examine the use of steel slag for treatment. The proposal was not funded.
  • Northumberland County Planning Commission received $75,000 for the assessment of the Shamokin Creek Watershed which was in conjunction with the SCRA and the NCCD. This study will build upon the USGS-led assessment, broadening the scope to include stormwater and agricultral effects on the watershed.
  • Quaker Run Stream Restoration/Wetland Project Report (.pdf file) by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • SCRA, NCCD, and several partners applied for a Growing Greener grant to characterize Scarlift Site 21 and plan treatment. A Bucknell Geology student is completing a senior thesis relating to this Spring 2005 grant application.
  • The Degenstein Foundation funded a proposal to build weirs, install pressure transducers for measuring flow, and collect two years of water chemistry data at three of the largest and most likely to be treated discharges.
  • SCRA and NCCD received $64,673 in August 2002 for Acid Mine Drainage Characterization and Treatment Planning at the Big Mountain AMD Discharges (Scarlift Sites 23-28).

Current Projects

  • Feasibility study by Dietz and Gorley Consulting
  • Water chemistry testing
  • Flow monitoring
  • Ongoing conversations with landowners and DEP for potential treatment of Sites 19 & 20, two of the largest and most visible mine discharges in the region.
  • Festival appearances

Other Ongoing Projects

  • Stream bank cleanups - trash removal
  • Educational efforts
  • Contacting landowners
  • Newsletter
  • Fundraising efforts
  • Locating sites
  • Treatment implementation - construction
  • Development of a comprehensive watershed plan