Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Montour Run Watershed Assn. Starts Construction On Milk Run Mine Discharge Treatment Project In Allegheny County

Construction started recently on the $1.1 million private-public Milk Run abandoned mine drainage treatment project in North Fayette Township, Allegheny County.
The project, spearheaded by the Montour Run Watershed Association, is designed to annually remove 72,000 pounds of acid and 7,000 pounds of aluminum from the MKR3 abandoned mine drainage.
Earth moving and construction equipment are being moved to the site this week followed by the start of construction.
All necessary permits for construction of the passive treatment system have been obtained by MRWA's contractor, BioMost, Inc.  After delaying the start of work due to the excessively wet spring, clearing of vegetation at the site began in early July.
This project was made possible with funding by Range Resources Corporation ($949,089), the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement ($180,000), and The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds ($20,000).
The Department of Environmental Protection; the Allegheny County Conservation District; the not-for-profit Stream Restorations, Inc.;  Independence Conservancy; landowners Continental Communities, LLC and Great Rentals, LLC; and the Washington County Conservation District have also been instrumental in seeing the project come to fruition.
BioMost, Inc., a design-build firm that specializes in passive treatment systems and has constructed other facilities within the Montour Run Watershed.
For more information on the Montour Run watershed and other MRWA projects, visit the Montour Run Watershed Association website.
(Photo: MKR3 abandoned mine discharge.)
Resource Link:
Milk Run Abandoned Mine Drainage System Project - Allegheny County Conservation District
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