Blacklick Creek water quality is severally impacted by abandoned mine discharges with large concentrations of acidity, iron and aluminum. Construction of the Blacklick Creek (Wehrum) Treatment Plant will remove these contaminates. The $13.5 million dollar project includes purchase of approximately 35 acres, a conveyance system, extraction and injection wells, sludge injection wells and the plant. Tetra Tech Inc., was awarded the design contract. The design is expected to be completed by spring 2019 and construction is to be completed by 2022.
Construction of the treatment plant will eliminate three abandoned mine discharges: the Commercial No. 16 (Red Mill) discharge, the three boreholes drilled into the Vinton No. 6 mine pool located in the middle of North Branch Blacklick Creek and the Wehrum Mine shaft discharge. Water from the Commercial No.16 discharge will be gravity feed into the Vinton #6 mine through a borehole. Water from the Vinton No. 6 mine pool and water from the Wehrum mine pool will also be pumped to the treatment plant. The treatment plant will have the capable of treating up to 7.2 million gallons per day. Eliminating these discharges will significantly improve water quality for approximately 25 miles of Blacklick Creek from Vintondale down to the confluence with Two Lick Creek.