Pine Run Brookies

In my hometown in Western PA is a small stream called Pine Run. According to some of the old timers, there used to be brook trout in this stream. However, sometime around the 50s or 60s, the hillsides overlooking the stream were logged, resulting in large amounts of runoff, and a stripmining outfit piled their tailings in close proximity to the stream, resulting in heavy iron amounts leaching into the stream with each storm. Today, the hills are forested, but the mine tailings still turn the water downstream of them orange from the iron, and brookies never returned. I have checked the stream upstream of the tailings and have found mayfly and stonefly nymphs and caddis larvae, but no trout. What can be done to bring trout back to this stream and to stop the pollution from the mine tailings?


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