Muskingum River

November 3, 2011 – 1:39 pm

I went on a fun canoe trip on the Muskingum River a couple weekends ago. One of the unexpectedly interesting parts was seeing the Muskingum River Power Plant, a massive old coal-burning operation. It took the better part of an hour to canoe past the enormous premises.

I knew from my dissertation research that these coal-fired plants, particularly the ones in the Ohio River basin, were the biggest point sources of N deposition and acid rain in the country, the results of which can be seen by this map of rainfall pH from NADP (the plant is right around that 4.4 in southeastern Ohio).


Wikipedia confirmed that this plant is in fact one of the larger polluters in the area. It was interesting to see the sci-fi-looking machinery and giant piles of coal up close.

In addition to the power plant, we also enjoyed some great fall color.

  1. One Response to “Muskingum River”

  2. Whoa awesome! Muskingum River Plant looks like a level in Half Life.

    By Jeanette on Nov 3, 2011

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