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Program to study mining effects on W.Va. watershed


BEARDS FORK, W.Va. (AP) -- The Southern Appalachian Labor School plans to study the effects of coal mining on the Loup Creek watershed in Fayette County.

The program will focus on Loup Creek's Robson/Mulberry section.

The Register-Herald reports that the group also plans to record baseline data to measure various sources' effects on water quality in the long term.

The Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $5,000 grant for the program, which also includes stocking trout in Loup Creek and removing trash.

Issues affecting the watershed include runoff from roads, driveways, railroads and surface mine sites; litter; improper wastewater and mining practices; and pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that enter water sources.

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