A 1996 U.S. Geological Survey report documented 270 abandoned-mine drainage (AMD) discharges within The Stonycreek Corridor - only 14 percent of them in compliance with effluent standards. The USGS survey also identified the biggest problems. Among the most serious pollution sources were a pair of small streams, Oven Run and Pokeytown Run, that were so acidic and metals-laden as to effectively kill the Stony just a mile or so downriver from Kantner.

In the early 1990s, a coalition of local grassroots groups and resource agencies formed the Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP). This group worked with state and federal officials to obtain $5 million in funding to passively treat the killer discharges on Oven and Pokeytown runs with a network of settling ponds and wetlands. Other SCRIP projects produced two passive treatment systems on Quemahoning Creek near Jenners and Boswell that have restored the Quemahoning's trout fishery and improved water quality within Quemahoning Lake which lies downstream.

The result of the efforts of SCRIP and a host of dedicated local conservationists is a Stonycreek River that now carries aquatic life throughout its 46-mile length and quickly is becoming recognized and utilized as an outstanding recreational resource by fishers, boaters, families and a wide variety of people who enjoy outdoor activities.

For more information on how the Stonycreek River is recovering, read this Stonycreek Watershed Reassessment report (2008).

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