Guardians of the West Fork Watershed
Since 2002, we have installed nine passive treatment systems that use constructed wetlands for acid mine drainage remediation. Wetlands filter contaminants like iron and aluminum out of the water. Limestone is added to the system to oxidize metals, letting them fall to the bottom of a large settling pond where they are trapped and cannot flow into the main branch of the West Fork River. Cattails have also been used in these systems for natural water filtration.

In May 2012, bidding took place for a passive treatment system design for Site #6. 

In June 2012, abnormally high electrical conductivity readings were found in and around the Lambert's Run restoration site (Site #9). We contacted several individuals for assistance, but the cause was not determined.

Related Links & Resources

  • To access the full text of the article discussed in the June 2013 newsletter, Predatory Impact of Muskellunge on New River, Virginia, Smallmouth Bass, click here. It is the third article from the top of the page.
  • This is a peer-reviewed scientific journal article about the impacts of acid mine drainage on stream biota
  • To learn more about acid mine drainage and remediation techniques, consult this link, or this one.
  • This is Board Member S. Thomas Bond on the West Virginia Conservation agency's website
  • This website contains a profile of the Guardians, though please note that the meeting information is outdated.
  • Want more information on watershed health? Consult the WVDEP 303(d) impaired streams list here.
  • For a list of watershed protection associations in West Virginia, click here.
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