Hanover 9 Reclamation

Hanover 9 is one of Earth Conservancy’s larger sites requiring reclamation. At 390 acres, it spans two municipalities: Nanticoke City and Hanover Township. The site is bordered by S.R. 29, Kosciuszko Street, Middle Road, and the Susquehanna River. Previously, the Blue Coal Corporation had mined the tract, as well as used it to hold residual mine wastes. Upon Blue Coal’s bankruptcy in the 1970s, the site was left in an environmentally degraded condition. EC began to address the property in 2011.

Because of its expanse, Hanover 9 was divided into smaller pieces, as seen on the map to the left. Each would be reclaimed as funding allowed. Work on Parcels A, B, C, and D has been completed, with areas for additional reclamation projects to occur. Funding for the Hanover 9 reclamation has been provided through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program, and Earth Conservancy.

Parcel A: Reclamation of Parcel A began in April 2011. This section of the Hanover 9 site is located within the City of Nanticoke, directly across Kosciuszko Street from the entrance to Luzerne County Community College. Much of the work focused on filling in deep holes and contouring the site to accommodate mixed-use development. The reclamation was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Earth Conservancy. Work was completed in 2012.

Parcels B, C, & D: Parcels B, C, and D were both mined and used as waste holding areas. The sites were covered by scrub vegetation, mounds of mine spoils, as well as deep pits. Illegal dumping was also prevalent. Engineering activities began in the fall of 2012, and work began early in 2014. Work was completed in September 2014.

Hanover 9:  Pre-Construction

The Hanover 9 property had extensive damage due to strip mining activities in search of residual coal.  As a result, both large pits and mounds of waste were present.

Hanover 9:  Pre-Construction

Pits often filled with water, which stagnated, becoming an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, and potentially West Nile Virus.

Hanover 9:  Pre-Construction

Because of its size and seclusion, Hanover 9 was also a prime spot for illegal dumping.

Hanover 9:  Construction Phase

Work beginning on Parcel A, directly across from Luzerne County Community College on Kosciuszko Street.

Hanover 9:  Construction Phase

Work on one of the massive stripping pits on the Hanover 9 property,  dug during an attempt to locate coal on the site.

Hanover 9:  Construction Phase

Grading operations on Hanover 9, Parcel A.

Hanover 9:  Construction Phase

Work on one of the Hanover 9 stormwater management channels.

Hanover 9:  Construction Phase

View of seeding work on the completed stormwater detention basin.

Hanover 9:  Post-Construction

View of part of the completed Hanover 9, which is now available for mixed-use development.  Large swaths of older-growth trees were preserved throughout the site to maintain greenspace.

Hanover 9:  Post-Construction

View including one of the many stormwater channels on Hanover 9.

Hanover 9:  Post-Construction

View of the completed stormwater detention basin on Hanover 9.

Hanover 9:  Post-Construction

Wetland construction was an additional feature of Hanover 9.  This basin on Parcel A sits nearby Kosciuszko Street.