Cera Announces $400K For Belmont County Reclamation Project
Project will protect Captina Creek from run-off, contamination
November 17, 2016
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) this week led the Council on Unreclaimed Strip Mined Lands (CURSML) to approve $400,000 for the Linn Tipple Gob Pile Reclamation project. The gob pile, located in Washington Township, consists of 7.7 acres of barren abandoned coal mine waste material and is upslope of an active rail line. 

“This sound investment from the state will keep acid mine drainage from entering the watershed,” said Cera. “The cut and fill earthwork and grading included in the project cost will help divert drainage and keep State Route 148 roadways and culverts open for traffic.” 

The mine drainage from the pile currently clogs rail line ditches and culverts, including along State Route 148, as it is carried downslope. The acid mine drainage that seeps from such gob piles can impact water quality along Captina Creek. 

“Many of the areas in question consist of unique ecosystems and wildlife. Our goal is to mitigate problems from pre-law mining and use these areas for research, teaching, conservation and recreational purposes,” said Cera. 

Cera went on to acknowledge that the Captina Creek Watershed is classified by the Ohio EPA as an exceptional warm water habitat – an ideal location for the endangered Eastern Hellbender Salamander to breed.  A great deal of work has already been completed by the Belmont SWCD to protect Captina Creek and the funds for the Linn Tipple God Pile Reclamation project will help that effort. 

CURSML is a council responsible for reclamation  projects identified by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management. The council approves the recommendations of projects related to past mining activities. Rep. Cera was appointed to the council in 2013.

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