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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - North Fork of Yellow Creek, Irondale, Ohio, USA

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North Fork of Yellow Creek, Irondale, Ohio, USA
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treehugger18



Registered: October 2008
City/Town/Province: Steubenville
Posts: 1
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The purpose of this project was to determine if the seasons affect the treatment of acid mine drainage. It was an independent research project in which a diversion well was constructed and filled with 1 Liter of feasible filter materials: activated charcoal, limestone, and sand. Because mining was popular in Ohio in the 1800s and still continues today, this type of research is crucial. Because of the years in which the coal was mined, the mines were not closed properly and/or all of the iron ore was not removed. This creates a yellow, orange, or red run-off from the mine that is known as acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is detrimental to stream life. AMD can lower pH, total alkalinity, and dissolved oxygen. It also increases conductivity and total dissolved solids. These effects can cause aquatic life to suffer and die. Not only does the AMD harm stream life, it also can destroy infrastructure due to its acidity. The results of this project were shared with Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District which monitors the quality of this stream and works toward improving it.
Date: October 10, 2008 Views: 4038 File size: 15.5kb, 54.6kb Dimensions: 360 x 270
Hours Volunteered: 100
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.4
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