Monday, June 20, 2011

Accepting The Challenge: Cause And Solutions To PA's Abandoned Mine Drainage Problem

The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition is now making available an electronic copy of, "Accepting The Challenge: The History, Cause and Solutions To Pennsylvania's Abandoned Mine Drainage Problems."
This unique book, written by Wil Taylor, the Manager of the Jennings Environmental Education Center, was first published in 2001 on behalf of the Coalition.
Accepting The Challenge is not only a wonderful book for an individual wishing to learn on their own, but it is also an excellent reference and teaching tool for teachers from elementary school through college.
The book brings together many different areas of study including history, geology, chemistry, biology, environmental science, and engineering. The book is easy to read and has some interesting historic pictures.
In addition, the digital version provides numerous links to additional content available on the web including videos, books, scientific papers, teaching resources and organizational websites containing more resources and links, which will allow the interested reader to further explore the various topics covered in the book.
The book also promotes the idea of developing local public-private partnerships in communities to tackle the difficult abandoned mine reclamation issues Pennsylvania faces.
A variety of public and private groups collaborated on the publication of the book including: Stream Restoration, Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to solving AMD problems in the Commonwealth, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, the William and Frances Aloe Charitable Foundation and the Urban Wetland Institute.
On the private side, Amerikohl Mining, Inc., Quality Aggregates, Inc., Allegheny Mineral Corp. and Biomost, Inc. contributed to the work as well as the departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources.
A complete list of contributors is available online.
Approximately 6,000 copies of the book have been printed to date and distributed worldwide on request. Although donations were accepted, the books were provided free-of-charge to anyone interested in the subject matter.
As copies of the third printing were being depleted, the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition realized that an electronic version of the book could be created for less than the cost of printing another 2,000 copies.
In addition to the benefits associated with cost savings and the reduction of paper usage, the book would be universally accessible via the internet as well as made to be interactive.
For more information, please contact Wil Taylor of the Jennings Environmental Education Center at 724-794-6011 or Cliff Denholm of Stream Restoration Inc. at 724-776-0161.

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