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Puritan Discharge

Puritan Discharge

Project Details
Original Construction Year 2012
Most Recent Rebuild Year 2020
Total Cost 0.00
Total Capital Cost $228,465.00
Latitude / Longitude Method Unknown
Latitude 40.366808
Longitude -78.645556
Elevation 2050
Project Puritan Discharge
Project Type Passive Treatment System
Project Status Good/Operational
AMD Source Underground
Stream Trout Run
River Basin Kiski-Conemaugh
Quad Beaverdale, PA
City/Township Portage Township / Portage Township
County Cambria
State PA

Description: The Puritan Mine discharge (TR4) emanates from an abandoned underground coal mine, which was in operation from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. A passive treatment system was installed in 2012 which consisted of a single FeALMn type baffled limestone bed with 4 over and 5 under baffles within the limestone to prevent short circuiting through a $179,000 Growing Greener Grant. The system was only able to treat 100 gpm and experienced regular maintenance issues. A partnership effort was formed in 2014 to seek funding to redesign the treatment system. A new full-scale passive system was constructed in 2020. In addition, several small coal refuse piles were removed and/or reclaimed. The new passive system consists of an innovative approach to improve treatment efficiency including the use of solar-powered SmartDrain controllers to batch treat the AMD and consists of a Holding Pond, 2 Auto-Flushing Vertical Flow Ponds, and 2 settling ponds.

Water Quality Data Summary

Treatment Technologies
Treatment Technology Quantity Status
Settling Pond 2 N/A
Auto Flushing (Solar) Limestone Only VFP 2 N/A
Forebay 1 N/A
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Project Contacts
Contact Person: cdenholm
Contact Organization: Trout Run Watershed Association
Project Designer: Buck Neely
Project Designer Organization: BioMost, Inc
Project Responsible Organization: Trout Run Watershed Association
External System IDs
Title System
PA-245 OSM
PA-245 OSM
Project Performance