Watershed Field Tours of AMD/AML

EPCAMR Staff are available to conduct educational watershed field tours to numerous abandoned mine reclamation sites throughout the Coal Region.

Areas of interest that EPCAMR explores (with landowner permission and safety in mind), are abandoned mine sites with associated problem areas that can contain dangerous exposed highwalls, water-filled stripping pits, abandoned mine fires, culm dumps, abandoned mine tunnels, cropfalls, toe of spoil discharges, vertical shafts, AMD impacted streams and waterways, boreholes, and bootleg mine openings. Not necessarily for the faint of heart!

Other sites of interest EPCAMR explores are stream restoration projects, mine drainage remediation projects, examples of various passive treatment system designs, mine land reclamation projects, wildlife habitat enhancement projects, reforestation of abandoned mine lands, research sites, and educational sites that are located on or near abandoned mine lands.

Projects have been completed by EPCAMR, Conservation Districts, PA DEP Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, Office of Surface Mining, Natural Resources and Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Coal Companies, and other Non-Profits throughout the area.

EPCAMR caters to groups, such as teachers, community organizations, college students, boy scout troops, girl scout troops, professors, and other environmental organizations, or watershed groups that would like to travel around to see the various types of successes and project diversity that is abundant throughout the Anthracite Region. However, if the news media, photographers, naturalists, television stations, or other broadcasting mediums are interested in touring sites, EPCAMR can accomodate them on an individual basis.

On occasions, EPCAMR will partner with other organizations, local watershed organizations, State & Federal Agencies, from PA to conduct large-scale watershed field tours as well.

Tour times can range in the amount of time necessary to travel to various locations, bus restrictions, and the number of sites or the type of locations groups would like to tour. Therefore, it is necessary to inform the EPCAMR Staff of what specifically your group would like to see, given the time and travel that is necessary to get around the region and we can customize a trip for you. EPCAMR does not however, arrange for travel to and from the locations. If large groups request to have watershed field tours conducted, the group must make arrangements to get to and from the sites, either by carpool, vans, school bus, or coach. Vehicles with high ground clearance and four-wheel drive are preferred when driving on or near these locations since most of these sites are on dirt haul roads that may not be maintained year round.

EPCAMR does not take responsibility for damages caused to personal vehicles by objects, rocks, glass, broken bottles, abandoned mining equipment, and or natural conditions and formations on abandoned mine sites such as ruts, gulleys, washes, ditches, potholes, fractures on the surface of the land, and iron and aluminum oxide staining of clothes and or the interiors of vehicles caused by the precipitates commonly found in the mine water.

Dress appropriately and wear old shoes (or boots) and bring your cameras, photography equipment, video cameras, or television production crews, if you are interested in capturing shots of sites that many people do not get to see on an everyday basis. Color and light contrast, depth, lines, details, landscapes, textures, geology, and landforms, are what you can expect to see at these locations, in addition to learning about the nature of land reclamation and abandoned mine reclamation.

For some examples of the sites we visit, please see our AML, AMR, AMD and PTS photo galleries.

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