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Abandoned Mine Drainage
Abandoned Mine Lands
Beneficial Use of Materials for Reclamation
Coal Industry
Conservation Districts
County Government
Environmental Education and Art
Federal Government
Geographic Information Systems
Grant Resources
Historical & Preservation
Institutes(Mining and Environment Focused)
Local Government Assistance
National Level Resources
News Media Outlets
Non-Profit Assistance
State Government
Watershed & Non-Profit Groups

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Abandoned Mine Drainage


Abandoned Mine Lands


Beneficial Use of Materials for Reclamation


  • Casella Organics Casella Organics provides world-class removal, transportation, recycling, processing, and marketing of organic resources including short paper fiber, ash, wood wastes, biosolids and compost.
  • J.P. Mascaro & Sons We operate several of the largest and most modern indoor composting facilities in the country. We compost biosolids (sludge) from municipal wastewater treatment plants and produce a rich, organic compost suitable for a wide variety of landscaping and soil
  • Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association A professional organization comprised of utilities, businesses and non-government committed to good management of biosolids in the six states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
  • National Biosolids Partnership AMSA, EPA and Water Environment Federation cooperative Biosolids Clearinghouse

Coal Industry


  • America's Power: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity The ACCCE supports policies that promote the use of coal, one of America’s largest domestically produced energy resources, to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of electricity to meet the nation’s growing demand for energy.
  • Blaschak Coal Corporation Currently operated by the second generation of Blaschaks with eleven family members all actively involved, collectively bringing in excess of one hundred years of mining experience.
  • Centralia Coal Sales Company Centralia Coal Sales Company is the largest marketing representative of Anthracite in the United States. Good Site for background on current coal mining practices.
  • Coal Association of Canda Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, represents companies engaged in the exploration, development, use and transportation of coal.
  • Coal Diver – PA Anthracite Everything you wanted to know about coal, but were afraid to ask.
  • Mining Top News – Coal Mining Top News provides you with a wide range of mining news coverage of mining industry and its related sectors. In general it covers a comprehensive reporting of Mining Related Issues. Specifically, this link provides Coal Related News. The news
  • Reading Anthracite At READING ANTRACITE, men, machines and science have formed a great team at. This team produces 900 to 1,100 tons a day of clean, washed, carefully prepared anthracite coal. In 2006, READING ANTRACITE is celebrating 135 years of progress in the mining, p
  • Ultra Clean Fuels America’s coal energized the development of a young nation. It fueled factories, warmed homes, and powered mighty trains and ships that made our country an economic giant. Coal earned its nickname of the 19th century, \King Coal.\” In the 21st Century

Conservation Districts


  • Bradford County Conservation District The Directors and staff of the Bradford County Conservation District stand ready to offer technical assistance and educational guidance to land owners and managers, local governments, teachers, students and people from every walk of life.
  • Columbia County Conservation District The purpose of the Conservation District is to promote protection, maintenance, improvement, and wise use of the land, water, and other natural resources.
  • Dauphin County Conservation District The Dauphin County Conservation District mission is to ensure the responsible use of Dauphin County’s natural resources; protect and restore the natural environment; promote public health and safety; and enhance the quality of life for al
  • Lackawanna County Conservation District LCCD is a legal subdivision of state government responsible under state law for conservation work within county boundaries. Established in 1958, LCCD strives to provide for the conservation of soil and water resources through the control and prevention of
  • Lebanon County Conservation District The Lebanon County Conservation District was organized at the request of county citizens to provide conservation of the soil, water, woodland and wildlife resources; to assist in watershed protection and flood prevention; to preserve the tax base; and to
  • Luzerne Conservation District To resolve land and water resource problems through voluntary compliance with landowners; to enlist and coordinate help from all public and private sources that can contribute to accomplishing district goals, and to make citizens aware of the relationship
  • Northumberland County Conservation District Formed in 1945 under the Conservation District Law, is a subdivision of state government and is one of 66 Conservation Districts throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the Conservation District is to promote protection, maintenance, improvem
  • Schuylkill Conservation District The Schuylkill Conservation District is governed by a nine member volunteer Board of directors with monthly Board meetings.
  • Sullivan County Conservation District We provide people with information and assistance for making decisions in the conservation management of natural resource by providing quality services
  • Tioga County Conservation District On this website you will find information about the various programs and staff here at the District.
  • Wayne County Conservation District The Wayne Conservation District was established in 1955. Through the years there have been many changes for the District. There were even some name changes that occurred. Originally the District was called the Wayne County Soil Conservation District. Then
  • Wyoming County Conservation District Since its foundation in 1949, the Wyoming County Conservation District endeavors, To be the local contact for meeting the needs of the public pertaining to the conservation of soil

County Government


  • Columbia County GIS Viewer The Columbia County GIS viewer was released January 28, 2004. This is a work in progress – functionality, colors, data layers, etc., may change without notice. Your patience is appreciated as this website is developed. Parcel data is current as of Marc
  • Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Homepage
  • Northumberland County GIS Viewer Provided through Union County.
  • Schuylkill Parcel Locator This page is provided by Schuylkill County GIS for public access information. The displayed information is public data available to everyone at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

Environmental Education and Art


Federal Government


  • Adopt-A-Watershed Adopt-A-Watershed is a school-community learning experience that uses a local watershed as a living laboratory in which students engage in hands-on activities, making science applicable and relevant to their lives.
  • Federal Emergency Managment Agency On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manag
  • IRS Charitable Orgs Tax Information for Charitable Organizations
  • Mining Health and Safety Administration (U.S. DOL) Administers the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) and to enforce compliance with mandatory safety and health standards as a means to eliminate fatal accidents; to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accident
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a science, technology, and energy laboratory owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As part of DOE’s national laboratory system, we support DOE mission to advance the national
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
  • National Resource Conservation Service The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.
  • Office of Surface Mining (U.S. DOI) Protecting the environment during coal mining and making sure the land is reclaimed afterward have been national requirements since 1977, when America’s Surface Mining Law was signed by the President Carter. Making sure those requirements are met is the r
  • Office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds Promotes a watershed approach to manage, protect, and restore the water resources and aquatic ecosystems of our marine and fresh waters.
  • U. S. Geologic Survey Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Today, as always, we stand ready… engineers, scientists, real estate specialists and administrators alike to meet national security, emergency and other national requirements.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA remains committed to helping America’s farmers and ranchers
  • U.S. Department of the Interior The Department manages one of every five acres of land in the United States, providing opportunities for wilderness, wildlife protection, recreation, and resource development
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
  • U.S. Farm Service Agency A customer-driven agency with a diverse and multi-talented work force, dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people
  • U.S. House of Representatives Official homepage of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov/

Geographic Information Systems


Grant Resources


  • Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds Formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state — and also to clean up pollution and repair damaged wildlife habitat.
  • Funding for Sustainable Energy Projects List of funding resources related to sustainable energy projects.
  • Growing Greener Through Growing Greener II (Act 45 of 2005), Pennsylvania is investing $625 million to address some of the state’s most pressing environmental problems, spark new growth in core communities, and create new opportunities for citizens.
  • Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program Promotes safe and responsible riding and preserving access; Provides funds for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access

Historical & Preservation


Institutes (Mining & Environment Focus)


  • Bucknell University The homepage of Bucknell University based in Lewisburg, PA
  • Colorado School of Mines Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.
  • Fire Science Online Public Service Careers & Public Service Opportunities: Information & resources for a successful career helping others
  • George Mason University The homepage of George Madison University, Fairfax, VA
  • Kings College Homepage of Kings College based in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Learn How to Become.org Guide to non-profit career opportunities. Volunteer work is not just an item on a resume or college application – it’s an essential part of a functioning society. The benefits of volunteer work reach far and wide with a ripple effect.
  • Lock Haven University The homepage of Lock Haven University
  • Pennsylvania Online Colleges & Universities This site provides strategies and information about pursuing an affordable higher education, including free community resource materials and financial-aid and college savings strategy tools.
  • Pennsylvania State University Homepage of the Pennsylvania State University
  • PSU Environmental Resource Managment Preparing students to successfully and creatively analyze, manage, and protect the environmental resources of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.
  • Saint Vincent College Saint Vincent College is a coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts college sponsored by the Benedictine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the first Benedictine foundation in the United States, founded in 1846, Latrobe, PA.
  • Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock University is located just 50 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, PA
  • West Virginia University Where greatness is learned. Morgantown, WV.
  • West Virginia University Water Research Institute Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment through research and outreach with industry, government agencies, academia, and citizens groups.
  • Wilkes University Homepage of Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre, PA

Local Government Assistance


  • 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania An alliance of organizations and individuals committed to enhancing the quality of life in Pennsylvania by promoting social and economic policies and actions for the well-being of Pennsylvania residents
  • Guidelines for Yard Waste Composting Facilities Yard waste can be easily composted to produce beneficial products such as soil conditioners or mulch. Yard waste composting is a sensible solid waste management alternative for Pennsylvania municipalities.
  • Local Government Commission The Center for Livable Communities is a national initiative of the Local Government Commission (LGC). A nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization of elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals throughout California and
  • Pennsylvania Planning Association The Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) is a chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). PPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested i
  • Smart Communities Network Offers a host of useful information to help you understand the concept of sustainable development. You’ll find overview articles, slide shows, links to other sources of information, recommended books and videos, and educational materials and progra
  • Smart Growth Online In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns — dominated by what some call \sprawl\” — are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities
  • Sustainable Communities Network Identifies quality resources on sustainability and to disseminate them in a timely way to the public.

National Level Resources


  • Abandoned Mine Lands Portal The AML Portal is a partnership that spans federal, state, and local efforts; dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands.
  • America Outdoors Association America Outdoors is an international association representing the world’s finest adventure travel outfitters, tour companies, and outdoor educators.
  • American Rivers Since 1973, American Rivers has been dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy, natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for people, fish, and wildlife.
  • American Water Resources Association To advance multidisciplinary water resources education, management, and research
  • Appalachian Energy and Environment Partnership Formerly ECRR, was created through a partnership between the EPA and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM). This site is a meeting place for watershed organizations working in eastern coal country.
  • Chesapeake Bay Program America’s premier watershed restoration patnership.
  • Ducks Unlimited Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
  • Earth Force Earth Force is youth for a change! Through Earth Force, youth discover and implement lasting solutions to environmental issues in their community.
  • Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement The mission of the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement is to build, promote, and utilize the environmental ethic, expertise, and commitment of older persons to expand citizen involvement in protecting and caring for our environment for present a
  • Environmental Defense Fund Environmental Defense is fighting to protect human health, restore our oceans and ecosystems, and curb global warming.
  • Environmental Leadership Program The Environmental Leadership Program seeks to transform public understanding of environmental issues by training and supporting a diverse network of visionary, action-oriented emerging leaders.
  • Interstate Mining Compact Commission The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental agency / organization that represents the natural resource interests of its member states.
  • Izaak Walton League of America A diverse group of 50,000 men and women dedicated to protecting our nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife.
  • Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) was an independent two-year process of consultation and research with the objective of understanding how to maximise the contribution of the mining and minerals sector to sustainable development at the g
  • National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs Dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands. Stay Out Stay Alive.
  • National Association of Conservation Districts The NACD is the voice of America’s 3,000 local conservation districts.
  • National Association of Counties Continues to ensure that the nation’s 3066 counties are heard and understood in the White House and the halls of Congress.
  • National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Council (NARCDC) Assists local Councils to identify, address and solve challenges to sustain and improve quality of life in their own communities.
  • National Energy Foundation Dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs, and courses related to energy, water, natural resources, science and math, technology, conservation, and the environment.
  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Conserves healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants, on land and in the sea, through creative and respectful partnerships, sustainable solutions, and better education.
  • National Image Library – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s online collection of public domain still photographs
  • National Mining Association The voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C.
  • National Resource Defence Council The nation’s most effective environmental action organization.
  • National Wildlife Federation Founded in 1936, National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest and oldest protector of wildlife.
  • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Environmental and economic improvements, brought about by the cooperative efforts of private citizens, industry, environmentalists, and local, state, and federal governments
  • River Network River Network’s Mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.
  • Stream Corridor Restoration from the NRCS
  • The Chesapeake Bay Foundation The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a catalyst for bold and creative solutions to Bay problems. Staff members set the agenda, serve as watchdogs, and speak out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public.
  • The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund forges partnerships to preserve our nation’s outdoor heritage.
  • The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
  • Trout Unlimited Trout Unlimited mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.
  • United States Mine Rescue Association Advocate for Improved Mine Rescue Training and the largest mine rescue organization in the world. The site has a large database of mine disasters world wide both past and present.
  • USDA National Finance Center NFC’s mission is to design, develop, implement, and operate cost effective financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting the missions of USDA and its customers.

News Media Outlets


Non-Profit Assistance


  • AMR Clearinghouse This site is an information clearinghouse for Pennsylvania watershed associations, especially those dealing with abandoned mine reclamation issues. Hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation.
  • Environmental Support Center Supporting the environmental movement from the grassroots up
  • Free Management Library Complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits
  • Issues PA The PA Economic League presents a nonpartisan issue resource
  • Nonprofit GENIE At your service with information and resources for the nonprofit community.
  • Orion Grassroots Network The fastest-growing network of environmental and community organizations in North America.
  • Stormwater Resource Handbook Please use this website as a network for addressing stormwater management.
  • TechSoup TechSoup Stock connects nonprofits with donated and discounted technology products.

State Government


Watershed & Nonprofit Groups


  • Catawissa Creek Restoration Association The Catawissa Creek Restoration Association, a non profit organization, was founded in 1997 to promote the recreational use of the Catawissa Creek from it’s head waters in Luzerne/Schuylkill Counties, to it’s terminus in the Susquehanna River in Columbia
  • ClearWater Conservancy Promotes conservation and restoration of natural resources in central Pennsylvania through land protection, watershed stewardship, and environmental outreach.
  • Datashed Datashed is a collaborative effort of Stream Restoration Incorporated, PA DEP, and others to provide the tools needed to actively monitor and maintain passive treatment systems.
  • Endless Mountains Resource Conservation & Development Council (EMRC&D) The Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council will lead a diverse group of stakeholders in the sound conservation and stewardship of the region’s natural resources. The Council will promote the rural quality of life and its e
  • Fishing Creek Watershed Association “People working together for a better environment.” The Association is made up of people working together and coordinating efforts to improve the quality of the Fishing Creek Watershed.
  • Friends of the Nescopeck We are an organization devoted to the protection and preservation of the Nescopeck Creek Watershed.
  • Greater Hazleton CAN DO, Inc. CAN DO, Inc. is a non-profit industrial/economic development corporation in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
  • Hicks Creek Watershed Association Hicks Creek Watershed Association (HCWA) was formed in August 2001. Its mission is to restore and protect Hicks Creek Watershed by promoting environmental integrity including restoring Hicks Creek to a flowing creek, controlling erosion and sedimentation,
  • Hillside Rod & Gun Club The objective of the Club shall be to promote and foster good public sentiment for better fish, game and forest management; to encourage sportsmen’s activities, especially hunting and fishing through all social and physical means, and engage in any
  • Lackawanna River Corridor Association The Lackawanna River Corridor Association (LRCA) was created by local citizens in 1987 to promote the restoration and conservation of the Lackawanna River and its watershed resources in the great Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • Paxton Creek Watershed Association To deal with watershed problems such as erosion and flooding, to protect and enhance watershed resources, and to facilitate practical, hands-on education.
  • Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) PACD provides districts with education and information to help them in their work in land and water conservation. Over the years, the Association has been an integral part of the shaping of the modern conservation district.
  • Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR) Advocates for the protection, restoration and enjoyment of our common wealth of water resources, and conducts programs that foster stewardship, communication, leadership and action in PA
  • Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission (SCC) The Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission (SCC) is an 11-member commission that has a primary function of providing oversight and support to the state’s 66 county conservation districts for the implementation of conservation programs in an efficient
  • Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group, Inc. Aka the “Pine Creek Waterdogs”. “Pine Creek and its watershed: unlike anywhere in the world.”
  • Pine Creek Watershed River Conservation Plan The Pine Creek watershed begins in the mountains of Potter and Tioga counties and is characterized by many spring-fed brook trout streams. As it makes its descent toward Lycoming County through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, it grows in size and becomes a
  • Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development (PNERCD) Council The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council is a community resource providing expertise in resource management and development throughout a ten county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Schuylkill Action Network Members of the Schuylkill Action Network share information, expertise, and technology to help each other achieve a shared vision of clean water and a healthy environment for the Schuylkill River and its tributaries
  • Schuylkill Headwaters Association The Schuylkill River has much to offer. It tells the story of a historical coal mining community that was once the driving force behind the industrial Revolution in America.
  • Schuylkill River Conservation Plan The Conservation Fund, Natural Lands Trust and the Patrick Center for Environmental Research of The Academy of Natural Sciences have formed a partnership to develop a conservation plan for the entire Schuylkill River watershed.
  • Schuylkill River Greenway Association Tour, explore, hike, bike, jog, canoe, kayak, tube, fish, camp, shop with the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, our Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is alive with a remarkable diversity of historic, recreational and cultural attract
  • Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance Mission is to promote cooperation among all parties with an interest in resolving problems of mine drainage and abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation In the Shamokin Creek Watershed
  • Swatara Creek Watershed Association The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed.
  • The Manada Conservancy The Manada Conservancy is a land trust–a local, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural, historic, agricultural and scenic resources of the Manada and Swatara Creek basins in Pennsylvania’s Dauphi
  • Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee, Inc. The TCCCC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting and improving the environment (esp. in Tioga County, PA).
  • Towanda Creek Watershed Association Towanda Creek’s headwaters are found in Tioga County and flows through Bradford County to the Susquehanna River.
  • Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR) Formed in 1982 by concerned Conservation Districts, WPCAMR brings together an alliance of 24 County Conservation Districts and cooperative organizations in the bituminous coal region of Western Pennsylvania.
  • Wildlands Conservancy Wildlands Conservancy envisions an excellent quality of place in the Lehigh River valley and beyond … Wildlands Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the land, water, ecological, and recreational resources of the region. We fulfil

Abandoned Mine Drainage


Abandoned Mine Lands


Beneficial Use of Materials for Reclamation


  • Casella Organics Casella Organics provides world-class removal, transportation, recycling, processing, and marketing of organic resources including short paper fiber, ash, wood wastes, biosolids and compost.
  • J.P. Mascaro & Sons We operate several of the largest and most modern indoor composting facilities in the country. We compost biosolids (sludge) from municipal wastewater treatment plants and produce a rich, organic compost suitable for a wide variety of landscaping and soil
  • Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association A professional organization comprised of utilities, businesses and non-government committed to good management of biosolids in the six states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
  • National Biosolids Partnership AMSA, EPA and Water Environment Federation cooperative Biosolids Clearinghouse

Coal Industry


  • America's Power: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity The ACCCE supports policies that promote the use of coal, one of America’s largest domestically produced energy resources, to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of electricity to meet the nation’s growing demand for energy.
  • Blaschak Coal Corporation Currently operated by the second generation of Blaschaks with eleven family members all actively involved, collectively bringing in excess of one hundred years of mining experience.
  • Centralia Coal Sales Company Centralia Coal Sales Company is the largest marketing representative of Anthracite in the United States. Good Site for background on current coal mining practices.
  • Coal Association of Canda Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, represents companies engaged in the exploration, development, use and transportation of coal.
  • Coal Diver – PA Anthracite Everything you wanted to know about coal, but were afraid to ask.
  • Mining Top News – Coal Mining Top News provides you with a wide range of mining news coverage of mining industry and its related sectors. In general it covers a comprehensive reporting of Mining Related Issues. Specifically, this link provides Coal Related News. The news
  • Reading Anthracite At READING ANTRACITE, men, machines and science have formed a great team at. This team produces 900 to 1,100 tons a day of clean, washed, carefully prepared anthracite coal. In 2006, READING ANTRACITE is celebrating 135 years of progress in the mining, p
  • Ultra Clean Fuels America’s coal energized the development of a young nation. It fueled factories, warmed homes, and powered mighty trains and ships that made our country an economic giant. Coal earned its nickname of the 19th century, \King Coal.\” In the 21st Century

Institutes (Mining & Environment Focus)


  • Bucknell University The homepage of Bucknell University based in Lewisburg, PA
  • Colorado School of Mines Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.
  • Fire Science Online Public Service Careers & Public Service Opportunities: Information & resources for a successful career helping others
  • George Mason University The homepage of George Madison University, Fairfax, VA
  • Kings College Homepage of Kings College based in Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • Learn How to Become.org Guide to non-profit career opportunities. Volunteer work is not just an item on a resume or college application – it’s an essential part of a functioning society. The benefits of volunteer work reach far and wide with a ripple effect.
  • Lock Haven University The homepage of Lock Haven University
  • Pennsylvania Online Colleges & Universities This site provides strategies and information about pursuing an affordable higher education, including free community resource materials and financial-aid and college savings strategy tools.
  • Pennsylvania State University Homepage of the Pennsylvania State University
  • PSU Environmental Resource Managment Preparing students to successfully and creatively analyze, manage, and protect the environmental resources of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.
  • Saint Vincent College Saint Vincent College is a coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts college sponsored by the Benedictine Monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey, the first Benedictine foundation in the United States, founded in 1846, Latrobe, PA.
  • Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock University is located just 50 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh, PA
  • West Virginia University Where greatness is learned. Morgantown, WV.
  • West Virginia University Water Research Institute Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment through research and outreach with industry, government agencies, academia, and citizens groups.
  • Wilkes University Homepage of Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre, PA

Conservation Districts


  • Bradford County Conservation District The Directors and staff of the Bradford County Conservation District stand ready to offer technical assistance and educational guidance to land owners and managers, local governments, teachers, students and people from every walk of life.
  • Columbia County Conservation District The purpose of the Conservation District is to promote protection, maintenance, improvement, and wise use of the land, water, and other natural resources.
  • Dauphin County Conservation District The Dauphin County Conservation District mission is to ensure the responsible use of Dauphin County’s natural resources; protect and restore the natural environment; promote public health and safety; and enhance the quality of life for al
  • Lackawanna County Conservation District LCCD is a legal subdivision of state government responsible under state law for conservation work within county boundaries. Established in 1958, LCCD strives to provide for the conservation of soil and water resources through the control and prevention of
  • Lebanon County Conservation District The Lebanon County Conservation District was organized at the request of county citizens to provide conservation of the soil, water, woodland and wildlife resources; to assist in watershed protection and flood prevention; to preserve the tax base; and to
  • Luzerne Conservation District To resolve land and water resource problems through voluntary compliance with landowners; to enlist and coordinate help from all public and private sources that can contribute to accomplishing district goals, and to make citizens aware of the relationship
  • Northumberland County Conservation District Formed in 1945 under the Conservation District Law, is a subdivision of state government and is one of 66 Conservation Districts throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the Conservation District is to promote protection, maintenance, improvem
  • Schuylkill Conservation District The Schuylkill Conservation District is governed by a nine member volunteer Board of directors with monthly Board meetings.
  • Sullivan County Conservation District We provide people with information and assistance for making decisions in the conservation management of natural resource by providing quality services
  • Tioga County Conservation District On this website you will find information about the various programs and staff here at the District.
  • Wayne County Conservation District The Wayne Conservation District was established in 1955. Through the years there have been many changes for the District. There were even some name changes that occurred. Originally the District was called the Wayne County Soil Conservation District. Then
  • Wyoming County Conservation District Since its foundation in 1949, the Wyoming County Conservation District endeavors, To be the local contact for meeting the needs of the public pertaining to the conservation of soil

County Government


  • Columbia County GIS Viewer The Columbia County GIS viewer was released January 28, 2004. This is a work in progress – functionality, colors, data layers, etc., may change without notice. Your patience is appreciated as this website is developed. Parcel data is current as of Marc
  • Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Homepage
  • Northumberland County GIS Viewer Provided through Union County.
  • Schuylkill Parcel Locator This page is provided by Schuylkill County GIS for public access information. The displayed information is public data available to everyone at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

Environmental Education and Art


Federal Government


  • Adopt-A-Watershed Adopt-A-Watershed is a school-community learning experience that uses a local watershed as a living laboratory in which students engage in hands-on activities, making science applicable and relevant to their lives.
  • Federal Emergency Managment Agency On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manag
  • IRS Charitable Orgs Tax Information for Charitable Organizations
  • Mining Health and Safety Administration (U.S. DOL) Administers the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act) and to enforce compliance with mandatory safety and health standards as a means to eliminate fatal accidents; to reduce the frequency and severity of nonfatal accident
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a science, technology, and energy laboratory owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As part of DOE’s national laboratory system, we support DOE mission to advance the national
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration To understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
  • National Resource Conservation Service The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.
  • Office of Surface Mining (U.S. DOI) Protecting the environment during coal mining and making sure the land is reclaimed afterward have been national requirements since 1977, when America’s Surface Mining Law was signed by the President Carter. Making sure those requirements are met is the r
  • Office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds Promotes a watershed approach to manage, protect, and restore the water resources and aquatic ecosystems of our marine and fresh waters.
  • U. S. Geologic Survey Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Today, as always, we stand ready… engineers, scientists, real estate specialists and administrators alike to meet national security, emergency and other national requirements.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA remains committed to helping America’s farmers and ranchers
  • U.S. Department of the Interior The Department manages one of every five acres of land in the United States, providing opportunities for wilderness, wildlife protection, recreation, and resource development
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
  • U.S. Farm Service Agency A customer-driven agency with a diverse and multi-talented work force, dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people
  • U.S. House of Representatives Official homepage of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov/

Geographic Information Systems


Grant Resources


  • Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds Formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state — and also to clean up pollution and repair damaged wildlife habitat.
  • Funding for Sustainable Energy Projects List of funding resources related to sustainable energy projects.
  • Growing Greener Through Growing Greener II (Act 45 of 2005), Pennsylvania is investing $625 million to address some of the state’s most pressing environmental problems, spark new growth in core communities, and create new opportunities for citizens.
  • Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program Promotes safe and responsible riding and preserving access; Provides funds for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access

Historical & Preservation


Local Government Assistance


  • 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania An alliance of organizations and individuals committed to enhancing the quality of life in Pennsylvania by promoting social and economic policies and actions for the well-being of Pennsylvania residents
  • Guidelines for Yard Waste Composting Facilities Yard waste can be easily composted to produce beneficial products such as soil conditioners or mulch. Yard waste composting is a sensible solid waste management alternative for Pennsylvania municipalities.
  • Local Government Commission The Center for Livable Communities is a national initiative of the Local Government Commission (LGC). A nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization of elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals throughout California and
  • Pennsylvania Planning Association The Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) is a chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). PPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested i
  • Smart Communities Network Offers a host of useful information to help you understand the concept of sustainable development. You’ll find overview articles, slide shows, links to other sources of information, recommended books and videos, and educational materials and progra
  • Smart Growth Online In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns — dominated by what some call \sprawl\” — are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities
  • Sustainable Communities Network Identifies quality resources on sustainability and to disseminate them in a timely way to the public.

National Level Resources


  • Abandoned Mine Lands Portal The AML Portal is a partnership that spans federal, state, and local efforts; dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands.
  • America Outdoors Association America Outdoors is an international association representing the world’s finest adventure travel outfitters, tour companies, and outdoor educators.
  • American Rivers Since 1973, American Rivers has been dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy, natural rivers and the variety of life they sustain for people, fish, and wildlife.
  • American Water Resources Association To advance multidisciplinary water resources education, management, and research
  • Appalachian Energy and Environment Partnership Formerly ECRR, was created through a partnership between the EPA and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM). This site is a meeting place for watershed organizations working in eastern coal country.
  • Chesapeake Bay Program America’s premier watershed restoration patnership.
  • Ducks Unlimited Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
  • Earth Force Earth Force is youth for a change! Through Earth Force, youth discover and implement lasting solutions to environmental issues in their community.
  • Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement The mission of the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement is to build, promote, and utilize the environmental ethic, expertise, and commitment of older persons to expand citizen involvement in protecting and caring for our environment for present a
  • Environmental Defense Fund Environmental Defense is fighting to protect human health, restore our oceans and ecosystems, and curb global warming.
  • Environmental Leadership Program The Environmental Leadership Program seeks to transform public understanding of environmental issues by training and supporting a diverse network of visionary, action-oriented emerging leaders.
  • Interstate Mining Compact Commission The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental agency / organization that represents the natural resource interests of its member states.
  • Izaak Walton League of America A diverse group of 50,000 men and women dedicated to protecting our nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife.
  • Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) was an independent two-year process of consultation and research with the objective of understanding how to maximise the contribution of the mining and minerals sector to sustainable development at the g
  • National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs Dedicated to raising awareness about abandoned mine lands. Stay Out Stay Alive.
  • National Association of Conservation Districts The NACD is the voice of America’s 3,000 local conservation districts.
  • National Association of Counties Continues to ensure that the nation’s 3066 counties are heard and understood in the White House and the halls of Congress.
  • National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Council (NARCDC) Assists local Councils to identify, address and solve challenges to sustain and improve quality of life in their own communities.
  • National Energy Foundation Dedicated to the development, dissemination, and implementation of supplementary educational materials, programs, and courses related to energy, water, natural resources, science and math, technology, conservation, and the environment.
  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Conserves healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants, on land and in the sea, through creative and respectful partnerships, sustainable solutions, and better education.
  • National Image Library – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s online collection of public domain still photographs
  • National Mining Association The voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C.
  • National Resource Defence Council The nation’s most effective environmental action organization.
  • National Wildlife Federation Founded in 1936, National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest and oldest protector of wildlife.
  • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Environmental and economic improvements, brought about by the cooperative efforts of private citizens, industry, environmentalists, and local, state, and federal governments
  • River Network River Network’s Mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.
  • Stream Corridor Restoration from the NRCS
  • The Chesapeake Bay Foundation The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a catalyst for bold and creative solutions to Bay problems. Staff members set the agenda, serve as watchdogs, and speak out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public.
  • The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund forges partnerships to preserve our nation’s outdoor heritage.
  • The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
  • Trout Unlimited Trout Unlimited mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.
  • United States Mine Rescue Association Advocate for Improved Mine Rescue Training and the largest mine rescue organization in the world. The site has a large database of mine disasters world wide both past and present.
  • USDA National Finance Center NFC’s mission is to design, develop, implement, and operate cost effective financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting the missions of USDA and its customers.

News Media Outlets


Non-Profit Assistance


  • AMR Clearinghouse This site is an information clearinghouse for Pennsylvania watershed associations, especially those dealing with abandoned mine reclamation issues. Hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation.
  • Environmental Support Center Supporting the environmental movement from the grassroots up
  • Free Management Library Complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits
  • Issues PA The PA Economic League presents a nonpartisan issue resource
  • Nonprofit GENIE At your service with information and resources for the nonprofit community.
  • Orion Grassroots Network The fastest-growing network of environmental and community organizations in North America.
  • Stormwater Resource Handbook Please use this website as a network for addressing stormwater management.
  • TechSoup TechSoup Stock connects nonprofits with donated and discounted technology products.

State Government


Watershed & Nonprofit Groups


  • Catawissa Creek Restoration Association The Catawissa Creek Restoration Association, a non profit organization, was founded in 1997 to promote the recreational use of the Catawissa Creek from it’s head waters in Luzerne/Schuylkill Counties, to it’s terminus in the Susquehanna River in Columbia
  • ClearWater Conservancy Promotes conservation and restoration of natural resources in central Pennsylvania through land protection, watershed stewardship, and environmental outreach.
  • Datashed Datashed is a collaborative effort of Stream Restoration Incorporated, PA DEP, and others to provide the tools needed to actively monitor and maintain passive treatment systems.
  • Endless Mountains Resource Conservation & Development Council (EMRC&D) The Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council will lead a diverse group of stakeholders in the sound conservation and stewardship of the region’s natural resources. The Council will promote the rural quality of life and its e
  • Fishing Creek Watershed Association “People working together for a better environment.” The Association is made up of people working together and coordinating efforts to improve the quality of the Fishing Creek Watershed.
  • Friends of the Nescopeck We are an organization devoted to the protection and preservation of the Nescopeck Creek Watershed.
  • Greater Hazleton CAN DO, Inc. CAN DO, Inc. is a non-profit industrial/economic development corporation in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
  • Hicks Creek Watershed Association Hicks Creek Watershed Association (HCWA) was formed in August 2001. Its mission is to restore and protect Hicks Creek Watershed by promoting environmental integrity including restoring Hicks Creek to a flowing creek, controlling erosion and sedimentation,
  • Hillside Rod & Gun Club The objective of the Club shall be to promote and foster good public sentiment for better fish, game and forest management; to encourage sportsmen’s activities, especially hunting and fishing through all social and physical means, and engage in any
  • Lackawanna River Corridor Association The Lackawanna River Corridor Association (LRCA) was created by local citizens in 1987 to promote the restoration and conservation of the Lackawanna River and its watershed resources in the great Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • Paxton Creek Watershed Association To deal with watershed problems such as erosion and flooding, to protect and enhance watershed resources, and to facilitate practical, hands-on education.
  • Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) PACD provides districts with education and information to help them in their work in land and water conservation. Over the years, the Association has been an integral part of the shaping of the modern conservation district.
  • Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers (POWR) Advocates for the protection, restoration and enjoyment of our common wealth of water resources, and conducts programs that foster stewardship, communication, leadership and action in PA
  • Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission (SCC) The Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission (SCC) is an 11-member commission that has a primary function of providing oversight and support to the state’s 66 county conservation districts for the implementation of conservation programs in an efficient
  • Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group, Inc. Aka the “Pine Creek Waterdogs”. “Pine Creek and its watershed: unlike anywhere in the world.”
  • Pine Creek Watershed River Conservation Plan The Pine Creek watershed begins in the mountains of Potter and Tioga counties and is characterized by many spring-fed brook trout streams. As it makes its descent toward Lycoming County through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, it grows in size and becomes a
  • Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development (PNERCD) Council The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council is a community resource providing expertise in resource management and development throughout a ten county area of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Schuylkill Action Network Members of the Schuylkill Action Network share information, expertise, and technology to help each other achieve a shared vision of clean water and a healthy environment for the Schuylkill River and its tributaries
  • Schuylkill Headwaters Association The Schuylkill River has much to offer. It tells the story of a historical coal mining community that was once the driving force behind the industrial Revolution in America.
  • Schuylkill River Conservation Plan The Conservation Fund, Natural Lands Trust and the Patrick Center for Environmental Research of The Academy of Natural Sciences have formed a partnership to develop a conservation plan for the entire Schuylkill River watershed.
  • Schuylkill River Greenway Association Tour, explore, hike, bike, jog, canoe, kayak, tube, fish, camp, shop with the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, our Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is alive with a remarkable diversity of historic, recreational and cultural attract
  • Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance Mission is to promote cooperation among all parties with an interest in resolving problems of mine drainage and abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation In the Shamokin Creek Watershed
  • Swatara Creek Watershed Association The Swatara Creek Watershed Association, Inc. was founded in 1970 in response to encouragement from the Chamber of Commerce and State and federal agencies to promote conservation of the Swatara Creek Watershed.
  • The Manada Conservancy The Manada Conservancy is a land trust–a local, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural, historic, agricultural and scenic resources of the Manada and Swatara Creek basins in Pennsylvania’s Dauphi
  • Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee, Inc. The TCCCC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting and improving the environment (esp. in Tioga County, PA).
  • Towanda Creek Watershed Association Towanda Creek’s headwaters are found in Tioga County and flows through Bradford County to the Susquehanna River.
  • Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR) Formed in 1982 by concerned Conservation Districts, WPCAMR brings together an alliance of 24 County Conservation Districts and cooperative organizations in the bituminous coal region of Western Pennsylvania.
  • Wildlands Conservancy Wildlands Conservancy envisions an excellent quality of place in the Lehigh River valley and beyond … Wildlands Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the land, water, ecological, and recreational resources of the region. We fulfil

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