Friday, December 29, 2017

Presentation Proposals Wanted For 20th PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference June 20-21

The planning committee for the 20th Anniversary PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference is now accepting presentation proposals to be held June 20-21 at the Ramada Conference Center in State College.  The deadline for proposals is March 1.
The theme of this year’s conference is Reflections on 20 Years of Reclamation as the mine reclamation community celebrates 20 years of success and develops a wish list of accomplishments for the future.
The Conference provides a forum for the dissemination of information and encourages discussion between industry, watershed groups, and decision makers that can help to further innovations in public policy, abandoned mine reclamation and restoration of PA’s watersheds and communities.
The range of topic submissions can include, but not limited to:
-- New AMD treatment system technologies, tools, and products
-- Construction case studies and lessons learned
-- Land remediation, reforestation, reuse
-- Water quality monitoring and treatment system maintenance
-- Nonprofit organization capacity issues
-- Community involvement, special events, education and outreach
-- Coal mining history and heritage preservation
-- Mapping, drones, equipment, and other helpful new technologies
-- Legislative updates and concerns at all levels of government
-- Economic redevelopment, health and safety, and quality of life topics
In the past, the Conference has had such varied topics as the history of baseball in coal patch towns, to the prevention of lyme disease, to preserving collieries, to computer software designed to estimate the required size of an AMD treatment system, to the reauthorization of the collection fees associated with the federal Surface Mine Reclamation Act, to designing soccer fields on AML sites, to providing construction jobs in AML-impacted communities, to AML issues in Germany and Bolivia, to the establishment and support of nonprofit organizations, and everything in between.
Click Here to look a past Conference agendas.
Submissions and questions should be emailed to Anne Daymut, Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, at:
To keep updated on Conference happenings, visit the 2018 PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference website.

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