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


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Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program

The Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, in partnership with the well-defined watershed structure in the state, WPWP's first commitment is to foster the work of small, locally based watershed associations. Services include technical assistance, funding development, board development assistance and communications.

David E. Hess is the former Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection.


The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) with responsibility, in cooperation with the states and Indian tribes, to protect citizens and the environment during coal mining and reclamation, and to reclaim mines abandoned before 1977.


The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is a team of specialists who provide eligible watershed groups or local project sponsors Program Management and Scientific Technical Assistance through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Growing Greener Program. The service is at no cost to eligible groups.


The Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR), formed in 1995 by concerned Conservation Districts, EPCAMR represents a coalition of Watershed organizations from Reclamation partners, Co-Generation Plants, the Active Anthracite Mining Industry, Regional Non-Profit Organizations, and 16 County Conservation Districts and other cooperative organizations in the anthracite and bituminous coal region of Eastern Pennsylvania. Counties covered by EPCAMR in North Eastern and North Central PA include: Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Carbon, Schuylkill, Columbia, Lebanon, Dauphin, Montour, and Wayne.


The Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR) works with many people - from watershed volunteers to technical remediation experts; from local government to state and federal agencies. Quite often, WPCAMR's efforts expand into areas where reclamation activity is limited, creating excitement and showing the local community that something can be done to clean up its dead streams, and giving people hope where in the past little existed. WPCAMR also works with industry, high schools, colleges and universities. After all, acting on solutions to mine drainage problems provides an educational experience for all involved.


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