GREENE COUNTY---- Sycamore Trails RC&D abandoned mine land program would like to announce the reclamation of an acid mine drainage (AMD) site on the Hillenbrand State Recreational Area (S.R.A.) located in northern Greene County.
The site contained a large eroded hillside carrying water off of the state property and into an adjacent crop field, causing an erosion problem for the landowner.
The project entailed building two, sixty-foot treatment cells with biomass and a settlement pond to treat the acid mine drainage and slow the velocity of the water leaving the site. Pictured below is the beginning of an acid mine drainage treatment cell.
The large eroded gully was filled, re-graded and lined with riprap. A discharge channel was created to control the run off. There were also two slips on a hillside that were re-graded; topsoil was added along the soil amendments. All disturbed areas were seeded and mulched.
The Hildenbrand S.R.A. site is just one of the many sites Sycamore Trails RC&D, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Reclamation (IDoR), landowners and the local Soil and Water conservation Districts (SWCD) has reclaimed in recent years.
Is abandoned mine property left from old coal mining operations affecting your property? Old coalmine operations left a number of problems for today's landowners. Avid seeps, old haul roads that leach water in rain events, high walls that continue to slough into lakes and gob piles that settle and increase in size each year are just a few of these problems.
The water that is now contaminated by abandoned coalmine operations is affecting us and will affect the future if something is not done to correct it. The eroded coal fines that filter into road ditches, acidic water leaching into waterways and high walls sloughing into lakes are contaminating our water supply.
Sycamore Trails RC&D, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Reclamation (IDoR), landowners and the local SWCD enables landowners to receive help with abandoned mine land that presents environmental or safety hazards to the public or livestock in several counties in Indiana. These counties are Clay, Fountain, Greene, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.
The committee was able to help several landowners in the counties served with reclamation of approximately eighty plus acres of land that would not be productive if not for the program.
As project coordinator for the Sycamore Trails Abandoned Mine Land Steering Committee, I would be happy to see if assistance could be provided to help make your property better for the future.
If you are a land owner in these counties and have old mine land that presents a problem such as: leaching water, barren areas, old coal fines exposed, or high walls that are sloughing into a lake and you would like to see if they qualify for help, or you would like to see what the program can offer, please contact me.