Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Perry County, Ohio
ODNR contracted with Burgess & Niple (B&N) to study the 4,400-acre Perry State Forest area, which consists primarily of unreclaimed strip-mined land. A detail reconnaissance level survey was made of the area to establish surface and groundwater hydrology, determine the degree and extent of acid mine pollution, and ascertain the hazard that a 500-acre drainage basin poses to a water storage reservoir.
Borings were made on state lands to locate and determine the amount of economically minable coal that remained underground. Several abandoned underground mines were located and examined to determine the quantity and quality of the entrapped water.
Three different solutions to reduce the acid mine water problem were evaluated:
Based on survey findings, borings, mine openings, and data review, B&N determined the most cost-effective solution was to reclaim portions of the area, thereby reducing or eliminating acid production and runoff.