CLEARFIELD COUNTY AMD FACTS
Facts about Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) in Clearfield County (From “Abandoned Mine Watershed Fact Pack” produced by POWR)
- Clearfield County is home to 588 abandoned mine land sites (All of PA has 5,172 sites)
- Clearfield County also contains 3,374 land features that need improved. These features include strip mines, spoil piles, mine entries, mine shafts and subsidence openings (All of PA 27,376 features)
- 23,715 acres of mine lands that need improvement are present in Clearfield County. (All of PA 184,432 acres)
- There are 638 miles of stream polluted by AMD in Clearfield County.
- Clearfield County contains 51% of the AMD polluted streams in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River watershed.
- Only 3 out of 33 townships in the county do NOT have a stream listed as polluted due to AMD on the Integrated Water Quality Report produced by DEP.
- The first known mining in Clearfield occurred in 1758 along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River upstream of Clearfield.
- It is estimated it will cost between $100-453 million to bring back the entire West Branch Susquehanna. In one example in Clearfield County, it is estimated to take over 2.6 million to clean-up Montgomery Run alone.
- As part of Trout Unlimited’s recent study on the economic benefits of restoration of AMD in the West Branch, it was determined that Clearfield County is experiencing $4 million in lost property value due to AMD. You can read more about the Economic Benefit Analysis here.
Link to Abandoned Mine Land sites in Clearfield County