Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EPCAMR Looking For More Partners In Tioga, Dauphin On AMD, Education Projects

The Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation is looking to develop new partnerships with community groups working on abandoned mine drainage (AMD), abandoned mine reclamation, and outdoor environmental education efforts in Tioga and Dauphin counties.
The project is supported by a Watershed Mini Grant from the Western PA Conservancy and Dominion.
The grant will help EPCAMR to attain its primary goals and objectives by supporting efforts to: 1) reach out to additional partners and make them aware of our Coalition’s efforts and technical services offered in the region, in those two respective counties where we work, 2) update them on regional projects and technical assistance of importance to their watersheds, and 3) offer additional free technical and assistance and services to those community leaders and groups with similar goals and desires to clean up their mining impacted watersheds.
EPCAMR has some existing partnerships in those counties with the County Conservation Districts and a few community groups, however, they would like to dedicate some time and effort to creating more awareness and outreach efforts within these two vital counties in the region that have experienced their share of abandoned mine problems and water quality issues dealing with AMD.
Both the Tioga County Conservation District and Dauphin County Conservation District are active member organizations to EPCAMR and have been long-time Coalition partners.
EPCAMR works with the Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee, Tioga River Watershed Reclamation Projects Inc., DEP Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, DEP Moshannon District Mining Office, Hillside Rod and Gun Club, and Blossburg Elementary School.
EPCAMR works with the Wiconisco Creek Watershed Association, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, DEP Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Game Commission, DEP Pottsville District Mining Office, Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Schuylkill County Conservation District, and the Rausch Creek Partners, in the Dauphin County area.
As a regional service provider, with a small professional staff, that are entirely grant funded, it is rare that EPCAMR secures all of the funding necessary that could support our outreach and organizational promotion throughout the year.
EPCAMR, in partnership with the Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, provides additional support for local groups during the annual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference, that has been held yearly for the last 19 years.
Click Here for a brochure describing the technical assistance and services provided by EPCAMR.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation website.
(Photo: Bear Creek AMD Treatment Pond A designed and constructed by Skelly & Loy in partnership with EPCAMR and the Dauphin County Conservation District.)

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