Little Raccoon Creek
Little Raccoon Creek is a 38.5-mile long stream in Jackson, Vinton and Gallia Counties, and the largest tributary of Raccoon Creek. Historic coal mining activities have caused extreme pollution of the waterway from acid mine drainage and sedimentation. In the Little Raccoon Creek watershed, acid mine drainage (AMD) from abandoned underground and surface coalmine spoils and coal refuse, has degraded stream water quality and damaged fish and macroinvertebrate habitat.
Flint Run is the largest contributor of AMD in the Little Raccoon Creek watershed. A majority of this (90%) has been attributed to a 240-acre site in the headwaters. This site, called Broken Aro, previously housed a coal preparation facility and mine tailings dump. Other major AMD contributors in this basin include Mulga Run, Buffer Run and Goose Run.
Click on the project name to be directed to the 2015 NPS Report of each individual AMD project.
Lake Latrobe is located on the Broken Aro Site, adjacent to the former Lake Hart, which was drained as part of the Flint Run East Project. The dam of the lake is composed of mine spoil, which creates severe acid mine drainage as the lake water filters through it. In 2008, the Raccoon Creek Partners plan to study this area and develop a plan for its reclamation.