A McCreary County abandoned mine reclamation project has been selected to receive an award from the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. According to details released in an article by the Lexington Herald Leader, state and federal agencies, along with non-profit groups, worked for more than a decade to clean up damage from acid mine drainage that had left much of Lower Rock Creek without aquatic life. When completed the project had cut acid levels in the creek by 99 percent and fish and other wildlife are said to have returned to the area. The cleanup project covered areas of Lower Rock Creek stretching from Tennessee across the state line into McCreary County, Kentucky within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest. The project was awarded the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s Appalachian Regional Award during a ceremony held Monday.