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Scarlift Reports



Operation Scarlift Reports

Operation Scarlift was a Pennsylvania state program which operated in the 1960's and 1970's whose purpose was to remediate ravages of land and water from historic mining practices.  In addition to addressing problems such as mine fires, abandoned strip mine areas, open deep mine shafts, burning refuse banks, and mine drainage, the project produced numerous studies of areas impacted by old mining practices. 

While this information is around 30 years old, it still provides much valuable background information for groups assessing their watershed.  The original Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) responsible for funding the development of this website has also included  5 selected Operation Scarlift reports on the website.  Funding now enables us to digitize the remaining Scarlift Reports.  These reports will be processed and placed on this website continuing into 2005.

The paper versions of the Scarlift reports were "digitized" by using a scanner, translating the individual report pages into a format that is deliverable over the internet.  These reports are in the widely used "PDF" format, readable using the freely downloadable "Acrobat Reader" software.  The following table lists the Scarlift Reports.  Those currently available in this project are underlined.  Those in progress are in teal-green and forest green.

SL Number Title/Description, of Report County
143-1 Alder Run Clearfield
101.6 Anderson Creek Clearfield
145-1 Babb Creek Tioga
111 Beech Creek Centre
195 Bennett Branch of the Sinnemahoning Clearfeld-Elk-Cameron
147 Big Scrubgrass Creek Venango
182 Blackleggs Creek Indiana
185 Blacklick Creek Indiana-Cambria
135-11-101.6 Catawissa Creek Carbon - Luzerne
140 Chalfant Run Allegheny
102 Chartiers Creek (1968) Allegheny- Washington
102 Chartiers Creek (1970) Allegheny- Washington
101.7 Clearfield and Moshannon Creek Clearfield
1001 Cogley Run Clarion-Venango
159 Cowanshannock Creek Armstrong
107-2 Crooked Creek - Ernest Mine Complex Indiana
107-6 Crooked Creek - Tanoma Complex Indiana
138 Cucumber Run Fayette
193-1 Deer Creek Clarion
193 Deer Creek Clarion
151 Dents Run Elk
108-3-1 Drill Log Records McCain 
108 East Branch Clarion River Elk
160 English Run Lycoming
107-4 Ernest Mine Complex Indiana
186 Georges Creek Fayette
117 Phillipsburg-Hawk Run AMD Demo Project Clearfield



Philipsburg-General Construction

Philipsburg-Electrical Work


110-4-1011 Highland Fuel Area Mercer
130-2 Hillman State Park (Raccoon Creek) Washington
116 Horseshoe Curve - Altoona Watershed Blair
103-5 Irwin Syncline Basin Westmoreland
135 Jeansville Basin Carbon-Luzerne-Schuylkill
115 Kettle Creek Clinton
139 Lackawanna River Susquehanna
130 Langeloth - Francis Mine Complex (Raccoon Creek Watershed) Washington
194 Licking Creek Clarion
164-1 Little Conemaugh River Basin Cambria
167 Little Schuykill River Schuykill
110-3-1 Location Map of Drill Holes and Drill Logs - Slippery Rock Creek Butler-Mercer
110-1C Location Map of Drill Holes and Drill Logs -Slippery Rock Creek Butler-Mercer
122 Loyalhanna Creek Westmoreland
188 Loyalsock Creek Sullivan-Wyoming
173 Mahoning Creek Jefferson-Clearfield
197 Mahanoy Creek Northumberland
103-9 Mashudda Strip Mine Washington
132-6 Mead Run Elk
133-5 Mill Creek Clarion
181.4 Mine Drainage Pollution Abatement Study
Mill Creek - Luzerne County
162 Moon Run Allegheny
162-1 Moon Run Allegheny
155 Muddy Run   Clearfield
181.3 Nanticoke, Warrior, and Solomon Creeks Luzerne
181.2 Newport Creek Luzerne
199 North Branch Bear Creek Butler
157 Piersons Run Allegheny
192 Piney Creek Clarion
135-10 Quakake Tunnel Carbon
130-7 Raccoon Creek Allegheny- Washington
112 Rausch Creek Schuykill
141 Redstone Creek-Abatement Survey Fayette
141-2 Redstone Creek Fayette
123 Saw Mill Run Allegheny
113 Shamokin Creek Watershed Columbia-Northumberland
118 Shaw Mines Complex Somerset
118-6 Shaw Mines Complex Somerset
104 Slippery Rock Creek Treatment Plant Butler
110 Slippery Rock Creek Butler-Mercer
110-7 Slippery Rock Hygrogeologic Assessment Butler-Mercer
110-3 Slippery Rock Water Samples Butler-Mercer
103-4 Southern Latrobe Syncline Westmoreland
130-1 State Game Lands Number 117 Washington
179 Stony Creek Somerset
126-1 Swartara Creek Part I Schuykill
126-2 Swartara Creek Part II Schuykill
126-3 Swartara Creek Part III Schuykill
136-1 Tioga River Tioga
132 Toby Creek Elk
191 Toby Creek Clarion County Clarion
114 Treatment of Brackish Waters Washington
146 Turtle Creek Westmoreland
109 Two Lick Creek Indiana
107-6 Upper Crooked Creek Watershed Indiana
132-5 Upper Little Toby Creek Elk
163-3 West Branch Susquehanna Clearfield
Wyoming Valley
156 Yellow Creek Butler
103 Youghiogheny River Basin Somerset-Fayette

Note: These reports have been broken down by section so that download times are manageable.  Nevertheless, you may experience significant download times, especially on dial-up connections.

For an historic look, see Operation Scarlift And Mine Reclamation in Pennsylvania..