MORRIS RUN TRIBUTARY
The Morris Run watershed encompasses 7 square-miles in Ward and Hamilton Townships. This area was deep and surface mined for coal and there are multiple sources of AMD as well as minor sources of AMD. The headwaters of Morris Run are impacted by acid deposition and possibly tannic acid.
In 2015 the TCCCC/Hillside Watershed Committee received a Department of Community and Economic Development grant through the Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment and Abatement Program to perform a comprehensive study of the Morris Run watershed. The study will be performed by Gannett Fleming/Water’s Edge Hydrology. Water chemistry and flow data will be collected, a GIS database of the underground mine complex will be developed, and several alternatives for addressing the AMD will be proposed as part of this year-long study. The results will be presented to the watershed committee and coalition members and a treatment option will be selected to pursue. We will seek private and/or grant funding to construct the treatment alternative and we are actively seeking donations through our “Save The River” project for required matching funds and to accumulate funds toward the projected O&M costs.
The Morris Run tributary south of the town of Morris Run is heavily forested and contains natural habitat for fish. These natural fishing holes are larger and deeper as the stream approaches the confluence of the Tioga River. It is hoped that this area of the Morris Run tributary will ultimately support stocked trout populations, offering recreational fishing opportunities.