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Richards Passive Treatment System

Richards Passive Treatment System

Project Details
Original Construction Year 1999
Most Recent Rebuild Year 2021
Total Cost 0.00
Total Capital Cost $43,500.00
Latitude / Longitude Method Unknown
Latitude 40.663325
Longitude -78.980273
Elevation 1270
Project Richards Passive Treatment System
Project Type Passive Treatment System
Project Status Good/Operational
AMD Source Underground
Stream Two Lick Creek
River Basin Kiski-Conemaugh
Quad Commodore
City/Township Cherryhill Township / Cherryhill Township
County Indiana
State PA

Description: The original Richards 1 passive system was constructed in 1999 to treat a portion of a discharge from the abandoned (Egypt or Victor No 45) underground coal mine. In 2003, the Richards 2A & 2B system was built to expand treatment capacity. Both systems were designed by VAPCO Engineering. After many years of treatment, the Blacklick Creek Watershed Association and Stream Restoration Incorporated formed a partnership effort to seek funding and rehabilitate the system and expand treatment capacity. The entire treatment complex was redesigned by BioMost, Inc in 2020 to provide full treatment of the discharge and construction of the new expanded and rehabbed system was completed in 2021. Multiple seeps exist that were not able to be directed into one of the vertical flow ponds. Most of these sources of AMD are either captured and directed into or upwell within the wetland. These seeps can impact the final water quality of the wetland.

Water Quality Data Summary

Treatment Technologies
Treatment Technology Quantity Status
Settling Pond 1 N/A
Aerobic Wetland 1 N/A
Vertical Flow Pond (VFP) 3 N/A
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Project Contacts
Contact Person: dennisr3
Contact Organization: Blacklick Creek Watershed Association
Project Designer: Buck Neely
Project Designer Organization: BioMost, Inc
Project Responsible Organization: Blacklick Creek Watershed Association
External System IDs
Title System
D1-176 Datashed 1.0
PA-129 OSM
Project Performance