UNT to Sovern Run
Valley Point, West Virginia
Sovern Run Watershed
The proposed Sovern England AMD remediation project site is located along an unnamed tributary in the headwaters of the Sovern Run watershed. Sovern Run is a tributary to Big Sandy Creek which is a tributary to the Cheat River. Big Sandy Creek hosts a viable fishery and is nationally renown for river recreation. Friends of the Cheat has already installed several other passive treatment systems in the Sovern Run watershed.
The UNT to Sovern Run from un-reclaimed 9 acre abandoned mine land (WV DEP AML Problem Area #6499) that was the site of both underground and surface mining form 1957 to 1961. Acidic mine water flows from two portals and one seep contributing 142 pounds per day of acidity, 8 pounds per day of aluminum, 2 pounds per day of iron, and 2 pounds per day of manganese. Also on the site is a 1/4 acre un-vegetated refuse pile and a second, smaller, partially vegetated refuse pile. The site contains approximately 200 linear feet of highwall, averaging 15 feet.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Office of Abandoned Mine Land and Reclamation is completing land reclamation at the site during 2015 – 2016. Reclamation activities include installing wet seals at the portal locations, backfilling the highwall, and covering the refuse with 12 inches of soil. Other activities include upgrading the access road and improving ditching and channel structure on the site.
Acid Mine Drainage Treatment
In 2016 – 2017, Friends of the Cheat will complete the Sovern England project on an unnamed tributary to Sovern Run. FOC has secured funding through WV DEP Clean Water Act §319. Construction of the acid mine drainage treatment system will begin following WV DEP AMLR land reclamation.
The most recent TMDL (2011) for Sovern Run lists allowable pollutant loads of 7.89 pounds per day of aluminum and 44.49 pounds per day of iron. The AMD from this site contributes approximately 8 pounds per day of aluminum and 2 pounds per day of iron. These loads may be addressed using passive treatment technologies with a high probability of success.