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Mining site in Big South Fork NRA cleaned up; toxic spoils removed, site reforested

The National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed an extensive contaminated mine drainage remediation project in the Blue Heron area of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky earlier this year.

The Big South Fork compliance project illustrates the successful partnering between the NPS and the USACE. Due to Lake Cumberland pool levels being lowered for seven years during repair of the Wolf Creek Dam, USACE and the NPS selected sites at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area where improvements to aquatic habitat conditions near Blue Heron, Kentucky, would be beneficial for aquatic species and recreational activities.

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