Project Updates!!

Project Update - Feb 21st, 2011

The Pierce Run project was finished...but is now in need of some modifications!  Construction was completed in November of 2010, just before the arrival of the heavy fall rains. When the rain arrived, so did a complication in the project...the dam of the freshwater storage pond was leaking!  Water was seeping under the dam, through a layer of sandy soil.  Then the heavier rains arrived, bringing with it another issue...the primary overflow pipes were leaking, again, allowing water to seep through and erode the dam.  These pipes were temporarily repaired, to allow water to flow through without damaging the dam.  Both issues will be repaired by ODNR DMRM in 2011, then the slag bed will finally be able to fill and discharge, adding much needed alkalinity to Pierce Run!  Thanks to all who attended the "post-construction tour" on November 23rd.

 
Project Update - Sept 22nd, 2010


It's the beginning of the end at Pierce Run!!

With the steel slag bed formed and the resevoir dam
due for completion this week, it looks like this project
should be up and running before the snow falls.

Check out the newest photos, including the massive clean
water resevoir in our latest update. 

Pierce Run Project Area  - Sept. 22nd, 2010
 

Project Update - August 13th, 2010



Pierce Run is taking shape with the steel slag bed nearly complete and the freshwater storage system construction underway. A far cry from the soggy mess this spring, Pierce Run is on the march! 


Pierce Run Project Area - August 13th, 2010



Project Update - August 9th, 2010

Progress!
The rains have finally let up and construction at Pierce Run has begun again in earnest! Though we were chased away by a thunderstorm during our visit, things are looking generally drier as we look toward a construction completion date in September.

Pierce Run Project Area - August 9th, 2010

Project Update May 20th, 2010 through July 21st, 2010

Still Waiting...!
We are still waiting for the rain to stop and the ground to dry up so that Seals Construction may resume work on the Pierce Run project.  The 319 grant has been extended until December 31st to allow more time for project construction and monitoring. 

Pierce Run Project Area - May through July, 2010

Pierce Run Project Area - March 11th, 2010


Be sure to check this section regularly as new info will be added often!

Project Update December 16th, 2009

Coming Soon!
Pierce Run will be the home to many exciting new things in 2010!  The Pierce Run AMD Remediation Project is scheduled for completion in the spring.  Upon completion, the RCP, in conjunction with the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will hold a public tour at the project site to highlight the applied AMD treatment technologies.  We will also begin our post construction chemical water sampling, followed by biological sampling upstream and downstream of the project.  So...DON'T FORGET ABOUT US OVER THE WINTER!  Remember to check back when the ground thaws for continued contruction updates!

Project Update October 30th, 2009

Mud, mud and more mud!
The Seals Construction crew has been forced to cease construction for the season due to the amount of rainfall that the project site has been receiving.  Over the next several weeks, the crew will be winterizing the project (seeding / mulching exposed soil, removing equipment, erecting a gate), and hope to begin construction again in April.  Click on the link below to see photos from 10/30/09.

Pierce Run Project Area - Oct 30th, 2009







  


Project Update October 20th, 2009

Disking the Project Area
Due to the high amount of moisture in the project soils, the construction crew is disking the site.  Hopefully, this will dry out the soil so that construction can continue through the fall.  Click on the link below to see photos from 10/20/09.

Pierce Run Project Area - Oct 20th, 2009




Project Update October 7th, 2009

Making Progress!
The Seals Construction crew has been making progress on the Pierce Run AMD Remediation Project!  The project sign has been erected along State Route 160 at the access road to the site.  Project features are also becoming visible; the pit that will soon be the steel slag bed has been dug, and the limestone lined plunge pool was being constructed on this day. Click on the link below to see photos from 10/7/09.

Pierce Run Project Area - Oct 7th, 2009








Project Update September 17th, 2009

Clearing and Surveying
The low water crossing has been completed, an access road to the project site has been built, and the site is now being cleared and surveyed!  Click on the link below to see photos from 9/17/09.

Pierce Run Project Area - Sept 17th, 2009








Project Update September 4th, 2009


Construction Has Begun!

Seals Construction began construction of the Pierce Run Acid Mine Drainage Remediation Project on Friday September 4th, 2009.  On this day, the low water crossing was being constructed across Pierce Run to allow equipment access to the project area.  Click on the link below to see photos from 9/4/09.

Pierce Run Project Area - Sept 4th, 2009


Project Update July 2009


Preparing for Construction!

The future construction site for the Pierce Run AMD Remediation Project is being prepared for construction!  A road has been cut to the site and the project area has been cleared of trees to make room for the freshwater storage pond as well as the Steel Slag Leach Bed.  Click on the link below to see photos from the site!

Pierce Run Project Area - July 13th, 2009

Project Update May 2009


Construction Bid Accepted 

Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Mineral Resources has accepted a bid by Seals Construction for the construction of the Pierce Run Acid Mine Drainage Remediation Project.  The project is expected to cost approximately $600,000 to construct.  Construction should commence within the next month!

Project Update April 2009


You're Invited! 

May 2nd - 9th Annual Raccoon Creek Public Canoe Float! Join us on a canoe tour through the middle basin of Raccoon Creek, past the confluence with Pierce Run.  The float will be held Saturday May 2nd.  Click the link above for full details. The Raccoon Creek Partnership will have a limited number of canoes available for public use, or feel free to bring your own!  If you would like to reserve an RCP canoe for the event, please contact Molly Gurien at 740-707-6655 or molly@freestylecanoeing.com.


Project Update March 2009


You're Invited! 

April 9th, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. -
We are holding a Public Meeting to discuss the Pierce Run Acid Mine Drainage Remediation Project.  The meeting will be held on Thursday April 9th, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Radcliff Fellowship Chapel in Radcliff.  We will be discussing the accomplishments of the Raccoon Creek Partnership (RCP), including chemical and biological improvements, as well as an overview of the Pierce Run Project.  There will also be an opportunity for public questions and comments regarding the project.

May 2nd - You are also invited to join us on a canoe float down Raccoon Creek, past the confluence with Pierce Run.  The float is tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 2nd.  More information TBA. The Raccoon Creek Partnership will have a limited number of canoes available for public use, or feel free to bring your own!  If you would like to reserve an RCP canoe for the event, please contact Ben McCament at 740-597-1473 or mccament@ohio.edu.

Project Update February 2009
Pierce Run final design was submitted by ATC Associates  on February 17th 2009.  The proposed Wetland berms (2) in the wetland upstream of Radcliff were removed because of potential flood impacts to the township road and residence upstream of the wetland during a 100 year storm.  This portion of the project may be pursued at a later date if additional grant funding becomes available.

Project Update January 2009
ATC Associates is in the final design stage of the Pierce Run AMD Remediation Project.  The final design should be complete by March 13th, 2009.  Bidding will begin in early spring, with construction scheduled to commence in the summer. 

Click the links below to view the proposed steel slag leach bed conceptual layout and SSLB details.

PR0115 Steel Slag Leach Bed Conceptual Layout

PR0115 SSLB Details


Click the link below to view the proposed Radcliff Wetland conceptual layout.

Radcliff Wetland Conceptual Layout

Pierce Run Tour October 23rd

Thanks to everyone who attended the Pierce Run site tour on October 23rd!  About 15 interested citizens joined us at this future AMD Remediation Project site.  Stops included the Oreton Seep and the Radcliff Wetland. 









UPDATE!!
  2008 Biological Sampling details can be found on the
Project Monitoring Page, and fish sampling photos can be viewed on the 2008 Fish Sampling Photo Gallery!

Project Design

Currently, the Pierce Run AMD Remediation Project is in the "Conceptual Design Phase."  The Conceptual Design, outlined on the Project Overview page, has been developed by ATC Associates and the Raccoon Creek Partners.  The final design should be completed by late fall of 2008.

Project Monitoring

Pre-construction monitoring is being conducted at the Oreton Seep site, along the mainstem of Pierce Run, and on the mainstem of Raccoon Creek, upstream and downstream of the mouth of Pierce Run.  This data will be used as baseline data to document changes in water chemistry and biological comunities after the completion of the project.  Details of Pierce Run Monitoring can be viewed on the
Project Monitoring page.  Also be sure to visit the Pierce Run Monitoring Photo Gallery for pictures of watershed staff in action!