6th Annual Pennsylvania Statewide
9:00-5:00: AMDTreat Workshop
Brent Means, Office of Surface Mining
Bob McKenzie, Office of Surface Mining
Optional all-day workshop. Also offered Thursday. Click here for more information.
TBA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
9:15: Panel Discussion from Technical Session
An overview of the new technologies introducted during the technical session of the conference will be presented. A panel of presenters will then be available for question and answer from the audience.
10:45: A Template for Watershed Restoration
Janie French, Canaan Valley Institute
Stephen Lathrop, PA DEP
Watershed restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an
ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed and is one
component of watershed management. The watershed restoration template is a
step by step process intended to assist the user with turning an
assessment plan into a watershed restoration plan that prioritizes
sub-watersheds and restorative strategies.
1:30-4:00: Ask the Expert Smorgasbord
All the agencies, all the organizations, all the acronyms! How can you keep them all straight? At the smorgasbord networking session, we will try to eat up all that alphabet soup and get those acronyms straight.
Dozens of different government agencies, industries, non-profit organizations, universities, and other experts in the mine reclamation field will be present to meet with participants. They will explain what their organization does and what services they can offer to participants. In this way, everyone will be able to make new contacts and open up new possibilities in the field.
4:15-5:00: Rusted Roots
Local artist will present a compilation of photographs and video depicting abandoned mine drainage and its impact on local citizens.
5:30-7:30: Dinner Reception/Awards Ceremony
8:30: Buses Depart IUP Campus
9:00-12:00: Hands-on Training at Yellow Creek Treatment Site
Participants will learn the essential techniques needed for conducting a stream assessment including physical chemical, and biological parameters. They will do this at sites upstream and downstream of the Yellow Creek treatment systems.
Each participant will take part in each of five stations at the site:
Site Tour: Members of the Blacklick Creek Watershed Association will lead participants on a one-hour guided tour of the five passive treatment systems at the Yellow Creek Treatment Site. Participants will learn about the history of the site, the different types of systems, maintenance of the systems, and the success of the project.
Macroinvertebrate Sampling: Macroinvertebrates are used as an indicator of water quality. Participants will enter the stream and practice different techniques for collecting the insects. The participants will then learn how to identify the macroinvertebrates.
Chemical Sampling: Participants will learn how to correctly collect water samples. They will also use various field equipment to test for various chemical parameters.
Flow Measurement: Flow is a very important parameter used to determine the amount of pollution in a stream. Participants will learn how to measure flow using several different tools and techniques.
Physical Assessment: Different stream assessment forms and terms can be confusing. Participants will be trained in completing an approved physical stream assessment form including the terminology and classifications.
12:00: Buses Depart Yellow Creek Site
12:30: Lunch/Conference Wrap-up