Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District

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Feb 22, 2014 (2 years and 9 months ago)

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Belmont
Soil & Water Conservation District


101 N. Market St. Suite D • St. Clairsville, OH 43950 • (740) 526
-
0027 • www.BelmontSWCD.org






Farley Wood

Director of Environmental Compliance

56854 Pleasant Ridge Road

Alledonia, OH 43902



Attention Mr.

Wood,



Per your request I have compiled a list of potential mitigation pro
jects within the Captina
Creek W
ate
rshed that are
intended
to

improve water quality and stream habitat
. These
projects have been deemed by state and local environmental ag
encies including the
Belmont

Soil and Water Conservation District as
the best approaches to maintaining the overall
ranking

of the watershed

as an Outstanding State Water (OSW)
. They are outli
ned

as follows
:






Provide protection to
forested
habitat in the Captina
Creek W
atershed
using

conservation easements
.

Preserving forested tracts along the creek
will limit

sedimentation through

erosive processes
,
maintain adequate
water temperature
s

throughout the year
and

provide suitable habitat for nu
merous species both aquatic and
terrestrial.



Assist Barnesville
Public Works with

Phase II
waste water treatment facility
upgrades

to
better process effluent

before

entering the North Fork of Captina Creek
.

Upgrading the
wastewater facility will reduce e
levated nutrient

loads containing phosphorus,
nitrate+nitri
te and ammonia

in the North Fork s
ubwatershed
.



Provide assistance to
landowners along Captina Creek to fix failing home septic field
s
and modify direct
-
drain effluent pipes t
hat empty

into the cree
k

with the goal of
reducing nutrient loading and lo
calized fecal coliform bacteria

counts.

Absentee land
owners continue to bring in trailers and construct simple cabins along tributaries in the
watershed, particularly the North Fork subwatershed.


S
evera
l residences in the
Armstrongs Mills/Alledonia corridor have faulty septic fields

that empty directly into the
creek
.



Assist in the recla
m
ation of

the gob pile located at Oklahoma
Coal Company's Lynn
Tipple Facility
in section 4 of Washington Township.

Th
e gob pile is a potential source of
AMD into Captina Creek.



Assist in the recla
m
ation of the

gob pile from Bellaire Corp. Powhatan No. 3 Coal Mine
near the confluence of Big Run and the Ohio River

in Mead Township
.



Assist in r
eclamation of

the gob pile located just north of
the mouth of Pipe Creek on the
bank of the Ohio River in Mead Township.



Assist in r
eclaim
ing the

Web
b

Mine gob pile along Wegee Creek in
Section 2 of
Mead
Township.



Remove obstructive bridge from Captina Creek located
near RM 5.5
in
the
southwestern
quarter of section 21, York Township. The obstruction restricts flow and may serve as a
barrier to some species of fish.



Provide farmers
own
ing

livestock along streams in the watershed with alternative water

supplies to kee
p animals

away from streams.

Also
, provide farmers with

stream
crossing options

to limit the impact of livestock on creek banks and bottoms.



Rebuild
/replace missing or
damaged riparian corridors along tributaries in the
watershed. Sedimentation is becomi
ng a larger problem in the east end of the
watershed.
Stream bank stabilization could

be helpful in areas where tree plantings

are
difficult to establish.



Reclaim acid drainage from deep mine seepage area located

in
Lockwood Run
,
Mead
Township

near where the stream intersects State Route 7.

The drainage is associated

with the
Bellaire Corp. Powhatan No. 3 Coal Mine
.



Offer programs to land owners for
clearing and
replanting abandoned fields with native
hardwood saplings to limit the expanse of

invasive
plant
species
(e.g. multi
-
flora rose,
oriental bittersweet, autumn olive, etc.)
in the
Captina
W
atershed

area
.



Continue to reduce conductivity, TDS and dissolved metal values (particularly iron,
nickel, selenium, copper and aluminum) for discharg
e entering Piney Creek from the
Century Mine and discharge entering the mainstem

of Captina Creek from the
slurry
impoundment pond at Perkin's Run.


Thank you for
your continued support in

maintaining
the Captina Creek w
atershed

as a premier
freshwater bo
dy in the state of Ohio
. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this
letter feel free to contact me using the information listed below.











Sincerely
,












Bryan Smith










Watershed Coordinator










Captina Creek










phone
: (740) 526
-
0027










email
: smithswcd@att.net