- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

CROSSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - State regulators say a survey shows a stream in the Eastern Panhandle is recovering from acid mine drainage.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the survey of Abram Creek found a significant increase in the fish population since 2009. The state began treating a 15-mile stretch of the stream for acid mine drainage in 2010.

The DEP’s Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation surveyed three sample locations in Abram Creek in August. The office collected a total or 701 fish, up from 79 in 2009. The number of fish species collected increased from eight to 13 during the same period.

Adam Creek is a tributary of the North Branch of the Potomac. The stream runs through Mineral and Grant counties.

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