Kenneth BurkettLinks Section
Watershed Assessment Project
The Redbank Watershed Association is currently the recipient of a Technical assitance progect grant through the Trout Unlimited Organization in the form of a Rapid Watershed Assessment.
This project totaling $8530.00 will provide an assessment of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) discharges in Redbank Creek from the Summerville area down to New Bethlehem. Redbank Creek flows into the Allegheny River several miles below East Brady. Several tributary streams are severely polluted by acid mine discharges flowing from abandoned coal and clay mines from both deep and surface mines.
The Proposed Scope of Work includes an evaluation of:
Existing Report and Data The existing TMDL report and a Watershed Plan developed by RBWA will be reviewed and used to identify tributaries that are large sources of AMD and potential mining areas where discharges likely exist. A sampling plan will be developed that identifies target areas for field investigation.
Field work to investigate target areas Once the target areas are identified, Hedin Environmental will meet with RCWA personnel to review and investigate the locations. The goal will be to identify large sources of AMD and characterize them through flow measurement and chemical sampling/analysis. The budget assumes that 40 samples are collected. .
Prepare report of findings and recommendations The collected data will be collated into a single spreadsheet. Mapping, obtained from publicly available sources will be developed that shows sampling locations. The results will be summarized into a short report. A presentation of the results will be made at a RCWA meeting.