Technology Transfer (ARTT) is a program doctrined by the USDOI’s Office of
Surface Mining, Appalachian Region. Our mission is to ensure the timely and
efficient generation, collection, and dissemination of technical
information, as it pertains to mining and reclamation, for our customers and
stakeholders, with the goal of improving state regulatory and AML programs.
Technology transfer is an interactive process wherein technical information
is gathered from many sources, packaged in a variety of forms, and
distributed within the agency and to its clients.
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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.
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
Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine
Reclamation administers and oversees the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program
in Pennsylvania. The bureau is responsible for resolving problems such as
mine fires, mine subsidence, dangerous highwalls and other hazards which
have resulted from past mining practices, and for abating or treating acid
mine drainage from abandoned mines. The bureau has two field offices:
Wilkes-Barre 570-826-2371 and Cambria 814-472-1800.
Alleghenies Conservancy is a regionally based non profit, non government
corporation with 501 (c) (3) tax status organized to assist local
organizations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region to carry out
resource conservation activities which are first suggested by local
communities. The Conservancy also acts as a land trust organization and
accepts donations of property which owners wish to see preserved. The
Conservancy cooperates with the Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation
and Development Area of the US Department of Agriculture. Directors of the
Conservancy are chosen by the Conservation District Directors and confirmed
by the County Commissioners from the Counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria,
Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset.
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.
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
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is a non-profit conservation organization
that was established in 1932. In addition to acting as a land trust and
being entrusted to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s internationally famous
Fallingwater, WPC has an extensive Natural Resource Conservation Department
that focuses on conserving Pennsylvania’s vast natural resources. WPC
has long recognized the importance of abandoned mine land (AML) and abandoned
mine drainage (AMD) remediation to Pennsylvania’s future. In 2001, the
Watershed Assistance Center was created to assist grassroots conservation
organizations and government agencies with tackling complex water quality
issues, including AMD. Through the Watershed Assistance Center, WPC has
provided technical assistance to dozens of groups working to remediate
AMD from their watersheds, which includes direct assistance that has
led to numerous on-the-ground projects being implemented. Reach WPC’s
Watershed Assistance Center at 724-459-0953 and www.paconserve.org.
an information clearinghouse for Pennsylvania watershed associations,
especially those associations dealing with abandoned mine reclamation
(AMR) issues. The Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned
Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR) is responsible for the website.