Michael A. Hewitt
EPCAMR Program Manager
Mr. Hewitt has been the Program Manager for EPCAMR since 2002. Michael coordinates projects, on a regional level, with nearly 45 community watershed organizations consisting of local volunteers and community leaders interested in restoring abandoned mine lands and remediating streams impacted by abandoned mine drainage. 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.orangewaternetwork.org & www.epcamr.org (EPCAMR’s Websites). EPCAMR serves as the liaison between the state (PA DEP), federal (EPA and OSM), local government agencies and non-profit (watershed groups) to support the reclamation, redevelopment, and remediation of abandoned mine lands and watersheds impacted by AMD in Northeastern PA.
Michael was very proficient in the use of GIS and computer networks before coming on full-time with EPCAMR. He assisted in developing and maintaining a fully integrated GIS Workstation and upgraded server capacity within the Luzerne Conservation District and again at the EPCAMR office in the Earth Conservancy Building in Ashley, PA. Michael utilizes ArcGIS, ArcPad, earthVision, and Google Earth software to provide technical assistance, maps, land use data, water quality data, mine discharge data, mine land reclamation data, and other related information to community watershed associations, local government leaders, conservation districts, non-profit organizations and other parties interested in abandoned mine reclamation in the EPCAMR Region. Most recently he produced the RAMLIS (Reclaimed Abandoned Mine land Inventory) GIS Tool, contained on a CD, with nationwide distribution to aid in this effort. Michael also is very proficient in the use of GPS Technologies to identify and locate mine discharges and other environmental features / resources in a mobile environment. Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology and Ecology from Lock Haven University, May 2002.
Michael previously had worked as an OSM Summer Watershed Intern for EPCAMR in 2001 – 2002, while still a student at Lock Haven University. During the internships, Michael created three 3-D models similar to a model railroad exhibits, for educational purposes: A Model of 4 Passive AMD Passive Treatment Technologies used in the EPCAMR Region on AMD Remediation Projects, a Groundwater Model of a typical Underground Mine Pool Complex and a Model of a typical Co-Generation Plant Land Reclamation Operation for the ARIPPA.