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In the news: Muddy Creek Watershed Restoration Project showing success

Muddy Creek water treatment facility
New Muddy Creek water treatment facility
Story by Mariah Congedo, WDTV

PRESTON COUNTY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection celebrated the Muddy Creek Watershed Restoration Project Friday.

The project has already brought great success to the 3.4 miles of Muddy Creek impacted by acid mine drainage.

"Muddy Creek was the biggest source of acid mine drainage for the whole Cheat.  It was half of all of the acid load that went into the Cheat River and was responsible for most of the problem," said Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute.
Paul Ziemkiewicz interviewed for ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the environmental restoration of Muddy Creek in West Virginia
Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz speaking to WDTV News about the environmental restoration of Muddy Creek.

Due to the mine blowouts in the 90's, the river hadn't seen life.  The state-of-the-art treatment system, at the the T&T Treatment facility, collects and treats six million gallons of acid mine drainage per day.

"This river was completely orange, completely dead.  It had a pH of about three right here," Ziemkiewicz said. "A safe level is anywhere between 5-1/2 and seven or eight.

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