PA Statewide Conference on AMD and AMR - Atherton Hotel, State College, PA - August 2006


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Bob Hedin
Owner & CEO
Hedin Environmental, Inc.

Mark Killar
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Freshwater Program


Planning and implementing an AMD remediation project involves a myriad of considerations in order to successfully get it "on the ground."  This session will help identify the many issues that are involved in restoration projects including those that could bring an otherwise good project to a standstill.  Discussions will include items to consider during pre-planning as well as those that should be addressed once funding is acquired.  Avoid the pitfalls of poor planning and limit the amount of stress that usually comes with every AMD project by knowing what it takes to be successful before you start.


Bob Hedin owns Hedin Environmental, a small firm that specializes in passive mine water treatment and stream restoration.  Bob’s training is as an ecologist and he spent 6 years between 1987 and 1994 working as a research biologist with the US Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh where his projects included passive treatment and minewater geochemistry.  For the last ten years, Hedin Environmental has worked with watershed associations in PA to promote stream restoration activities.  Bob and his employees have been involved in all stages of project development and implementation.

Mark Killar serves as Watershed Manager for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Watershed Assistance Center.  He works closely with grassroots organizations throughout Western Pennsylvania by providing technical assistance on watershed assessments, restoration and protection projects. Prior to joining the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Mark was Regional Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR) and administered their Mine Drainage Remediation Program.
Mark is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. degree in Education and a Master degree in Geography and Regional Planning.  His diverse background includes a working knowledge of the biologic and earth sciences, wetlands, passive mine drainage treatment systems and designs, mapping and geographic information systems (GIS), computer aided drawing and design (CADD), manufacturing processes, construction trades, and quality assurance and quality control.  Mark is a member of several local watershed associations and serves on both statewide and regional committees involved in watershed restoration issues.

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