EPCAMR Program Manager
Michael Hewitt started out with the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) as a Summer OSM Watershed Intern in 2000 and 2001, while finishing his studies at Lock Haven University. During the internships, Michael created 3-D models for educational purposes, including a model of four Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Passive Treatment Technologies used in the EPCAMR region, a groundwater model of an Underground Mine Pool Complex, and a model of a Co-Generation Plant Land Reclamation Operation in 2003 for ARIPPA. In May of 2002, Michael graduated from Lock Haven with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology and Ecology.
Michael began working full-time with EPCAMR in September of 2002, already equipped with a proficiency in the use of GIS and computer networks. He assisted in developing and maintaining a GIS workstation and upgraded server capacity within the Luzerne County Conservation District as well as at the current EPCAMR office in Ashley, PA. Michael is trained in and utilizes ArcGIS 10.x, EarthVision 8, and Google Earth software to provide technical assistance, maps, and environmental data (i.e., land use, water quality, mine discharge, mine land reclamation) to local government officials, conservation districts, watershed associations, non-profit organizations, and other parties interested in Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AMR).
Michael’s position as Program Manager at EPCAMR is to coordinate with nearly 45 community watershed organizations, consisting of local volunteers and community leaders interested in abandoned mine land restoration and the remediation of AMD-impacted streams. Michael provides technical grant writing assistance, project oversight, water monitoring training, and educational outreach to groups and schools in the EPCAMR region. Michael is the webmaster of www.epcamr.org and maintains the EPCAMR Facebook page, periodically updating them with links to partners in the region and useful sites related to EPCAMR’s mission.
Most recently, Michael became certified as a Geographical Information System Professional (GISP). This certification documents his relevant educational achievements, professional experience, and contributions to the profession, and also affirms his commitment to ethical practices.
In 2005, Michael produced the Reclaimed Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System (RAMLIS) GIS Tool, contained on a CD-ROM, with nationwide distribution. He also is proficient in the use of GPS technologies to identify and locate mine discharges and other environmental features/resources out in the field.