- EPCAMR Events from FacebookThis MonthAvondale Mine Site AML CleanupApril 26, 2014 · 9:00 am · 1:00 pmAvondale Mine Site, Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PAThe Plymouth Historical Society will be leading an illegal dump site cleanup at the site of the historic Avondale Mine Site and EPCAMR is supporting the cleanup that it has conducted itself for nearly a decade before. The site is registered with the Great PA Cleanup. Other partners are surely going to be involved.Just recently a bat gate was installed and the community garden beds installed by EPCAMR and members of the Anthracite Living History Group were reconstructed on the site due to access issues getting to the mine opening. The PHS has gained ownership of the site recently from the Earth Conservancy and the preservation efforts at the site are back on track and work will continue to move forward to improve the preservation of the site and access along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail that parallels State Route 11 and is the abandoned Delaware Lackawanna & Western RailRoad grade located in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, PA. EPCAMR is seeking volunteers to assist the PHS with the event. EPCAMR has contributed a $500 donation towards their efforts through a mini-grant program it administers on behalf of the ARIPPA (www.arippa.org) trade association. Gloves and vests will be provided. Please wear sturdy shoes, boots, and NO open-toed sandals or flip-flops!MayAbandoned CNJ Buttonwood RR & Lee Park Tributary CleanupMay 3, 2014 · 9:00 am · 12:00 pmLee Park, PAEPCAMR is hosting a cleanup at the Lee Park Tributary located on the old CNJ Buttonwood RR path. The area is littered with small garbage items, plastics, cans, bottles, and a few furniture pieces that have obviously been illegally discarded in the area and will only take a few hours to cleanup! Come out and volunteer to help us make Lee Park and this tributary to the Solomon Creek natural and beautiful once again. There are fish in the creek, believe it or not! Already we've received permission from the landowner (Stark Holdings Self-Storage) to conduct the cleanup and got a quote for a VERY cheap 40 cubic yard dumpster from NE Cartage along the Sans Souci Highway, along Fellows Ave. We also have a local Boy Scout Troop from the Lee Park community willing to help out as well.
EPCAMR will be putting a call out to our volunteer base as too who are interested in participating in our seasonal cleanups, stream restoration, and community environmental action projects. If you are not familiar with EPCAMR, check us out at www.epcamr.org . We have been working in our coalfield communities on abandoned mine projects and stream restoration and mine mapping, both above ground and underground for nearly 20 years here in Northeastern PA.
This cleanup is registered with the Great PA Cleanup and therefore we will receive FREE disposal to the landfill and will possibly be receiving gloves and garbage bags too! A local resident has already donated a container for properly disposing of any needles that possibly might be found, gloves, and hand sanitizer. A safety briefing and waiver of liability will be provided to all volunteers who attend by EPCAMR. We do NOT encourage very young children to attend these events. Should an organized youth group want to be involved, supervision and parental permission is expected of the group, particularly in they are young. We try not to have very young children at these events (10 & under). Gloves will be provided as well as garbage bags for the cleanup. Please wear sturdy shoes and NO open toed flip flops or sandals. We'll have bug spray and a first-aid kit on hand too!
Join us! Remember garbage breeds garbage and tires breed West Nile Virus!! Let's not let it get to that point! This effort was recommended by EPCAMR in our Solomon Creek Coldwater Conservation Heritage Plan that we completed in November of 2012. EPCAMR was awarded grant funds from PA American Water to conduct watershed and stream restoration projects throughout the area and have chosen this area for this Spring for a cleanup. If you want to learn about what the REAL environmental problems are in this area, read our report! http://epcamr.org/home/watersheds/wyoming-valley-watersheds/solomon-creek/