The 2016 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will be held June 22-23 at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana, PA.
With a theme of “Economics and Environment,” the 2016 PA AMR Conference aims to tell the whole story of Pennsylvania’s past, present, and future as a coal mining state and our efforts to reclaim our land and water.
But we won’t stop there because it is no longer good enough to quantify our reclamation success in number of trees planted, tons of coal remined, miles of stream revived, and acres reclaimed. We need to be able to show our progress in dollars.
The conference will explore how the reclamation of abandoned mines can and has lead to economic stimulation which can be measured in jobs created through design, construction, operations and maintenance, dollars generated in communities through recreation, increased property values, improved infrastructure, and returning scarred lands to productive use.
A partial list of presentations is already published and a schedule will be up soon on the Conference website.
In addition to the exemplary list of presenters, we listened to your feedback and scheduled a fantastic tour of AMD and AML sites. Northern Indiana County, Pennsylvania has some of the most AMD-impacted streams in the entire nation.
We will stop at a few of the most notable AMD treatment systems and AML projects including Bear Run, Tanoma Wetlands, Ernest PA, and others. This full day tour is sure to impress and stimulate.
Registration is open and can be viewed at the Conference website. Please take note of the registration and scholarship deadlines and the lodging information and procedure, as these are all new and unique to this year’s conference.(Written By Anne Daymut, Watershed Coordinator, Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation and reprinted from Abandoned Mine Posts. Click Here to subscribe to AM Posts)