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


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The Role of Watershed Groups in Today's Environmental Movement


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Michael Hewitt
Watershed Outreach Coordinator


Through a unique facilitation process of small group discussion, reflect on the status, victories, and challenges of this movement.  Examine the goals and successes of your local organization and evaluate its place within this universal transformation.


Michael's job as Watershed Outreach Coordinator for EPCAMR at the Luzerne Conservation District is to coordinate on a regional level with nearly 45 community watershed organizations consisting of local volunteers and community leaders interested in restoring abandoned mine lands and remediating streams impacted by abandoned mine drainage. Michael provides technical assistance and oversight to watershed mine drainage remediation projects in the EPCAMR Region. Michael maintains the EPCAMR Website at which includes the "EC Express Newsflash" and the "FlashGrants," the online newsletters available in RSS Format. He periodically updates the site with links to partners in the region and the most recent information related to abandoned mine issues. Michael also assists the EPCAMR Regional Coordinator in the administration of grants and provides grant management assistance to community groups, conservation districts, and local governments that do not have the expertise, or staffing levels, to fulfill such a position. EPCAMR serves as the liaison between the state (PA DEP), federal (EPA and OSM), and local government agencies to support the reclamation, redevelopment, and remediation of abandoned mine lands and watersheds impacted by AMD in Northeastern PA.

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