WPCAMR Western Pennsylvania Coalition
for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Quarterly Meetings

November 2006 Watershed Coordinator Report

Andy McAllister

2006 AMD CONFERENCE

Assisted with the organization of the conference, acted as session moderator, and prepared and gave a presentation on aquatic macroinvertebrates. Contributed to post-conference critiques and planning for the 2007 conference.

PROJECT SITE VISITS , PLANNING MEETINGS, PRESS EVENT ATTENDANCE:

  • Wilson Run passive treatment system proposed maintenance site visit; Greensburg.
  • Two quarterly meetings of the West Branch Susquehanna Task Force; Harrisburg
  • Cessna Run passive treatment system press event; Indiana County.
  • Robinson Run Watershed Assessment update meeting; Oakland
  • Three Monthly Loyalhanna Creek projects update meetings, Greensburg
  • Crabtree AMD and Wastewater treatment project meeting with Loyalhanna
  • Watershed Association, consultants, DEP, and representative of Senator Santorum’s office; Ligonier
  • 2007 Statewide Watershed Conference Planning Committee; Harrisburg
  • Non-Point Source workgroup; Harrisburg
  • DEP SWRO Roundtable; Greensburg
  • Watershed Specialist Southwest Region Roundtable; Fayette County

GENERAL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES AND MEETING/EVENT ATTENDANCE:

  • Blacklick Creek Watershed Association meeting; Indiana
  • Ohio River Watershed Celebration (WPCAMR display presented); Pittsburgh
  • Bloomsburg Fair; Bloomsburg (Public outreach for one day with EPCAMR. WPCAMR display presented)
  • Abandoned Mine Post Newsletter articles

CONSERVATION DISTRICT OUTREACH

The Watershed Coordinator began Conservation District outreach during the months of September and October by meeting with Northern Region District Watershed Specialists and Managers to understand current projects and assess the assistance needs of each District within the WPCAMR region.

The following County Conservation Districts were visited during September and October:
Cameron, Clinton, Centre, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and Venango.
Additionally, the Watershed Coordinator also began working with Elk County Watershed Specialist on ideas for educational materials development and will attend upcoming Northwest Regional Watershed Conference planning meeting in November.

AML CAMPAIGN

Attended River Lobby Day in D.C. and met with Senator Santorum and Staff of Senator Specter and Representatives Murtha, Murphy, English, and Holden to push for passing of Senate Bill 2616. Made follow-up calls and sent e-mails to Senators and Congressmen after those meetings. Contributed to AML strategizing meetings with other members of AML campaign. Along with Regional Coordinator, attended meeting with House member Peterson to urge passing of AML bill during Lame Duck session of Congress and drafted press release on that meeting for release after elections.

 

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