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PowerPoint Presentations Posted!

With permission from our speakers, EPCAMR has posted their Videos and PowerPoint presentations using SlideShare.

Please see the Presentations Page.

The slideshows and videos have been embedded into the page, so there is no downloading necessary (as in previous years).

If you would like to download the presentation, follow the links on the presentation to take you to the SlideShare website.  There are instructions to share and download the original.  When sharing, please remember to “Give Credit Where Credit is Due!”  Presenters have kindly given their permission to upload their work to this website.  Just a fair warning… we have the ability to track downloads and shares, and set these presentations to “View Only.”  Don’t let one bad apple spoil the barrel, please stick to the “Golden Rule.”

Enjoy and Have a Productive Summer!

Michael Hewitt

AMR Film Festival planning Underway

“Abandoned Mine Reclamation seems to be a hot topic in Pennsylvania and in the greater Appalachian Region these days.”  I think those of us in the AMR Community have always known this, but more and more documentaries and educational series are being produced to get the general public to and weigh in on the issues as well.

This year, the AMR Conference Committee is hosting the first AMR Film Festival on June 26th at the 2014 AMR Conference.  As the Golfers and Spelunkers are off on their “Extra Conference Activities” thursday afternoon, the AMR Conference Planning Committee wanted to provide conference attendees with an activity where they didn’t have to pay extra or have to leave the Conference Center.

The films include:

“An Appalachian Tale” – Thesis video by   poses the question: “As we deal with consequences of the past, isn’t our own legacy something we should consider?”  Historic coal mining footage fades into present day passive and active treatment of mining’s legacy.

“Centralia-America’s Lost Town”  – from Joe Sapienza II
A small town is overcome by a massive underground coal fire in 1962. After many attempts to put out the fire unsuccessfully, the fire grew bigger and moved under the town. As a result hundreds of residents had to be relocated. Today, the town consists of three families who refused to leave, one Municipal building, and dozens of empty streets, sidewalks, and foundations of where buildings once stood.

“WaterWise” – The WVIA-TV Original Documentary Film Series, produced in partnership with The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, takes viewers to some of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful natural environments, to see how common people are combating the consequences of fresh water pollution.

  • Part 1 – “WaterWise: Preserving Western Pennsylvania’s Watersheds”
  • Part 2 – “WaterWise: Preserving Central Pennsylvania’s Watersheds”

An encore showing is in planning after dinner thursday night for the Golfers and Spelunkers who may have missed the initial showing.

Online Registration is OPEN

Online registration for the conference is now OPEN!  Please visit the Registration Page for more details.

Online Registration Deadline is June 23, 2014.   The Conference Registration Fee is for both days of the conference (Thursday, June 26th & Friday, June 27th).  There are no single day rates.  “Walk ins” and registered attendees that submit payment “after the deadline” will not be turned away, but cannot be processed online, must be paid by a check, money order or cash (brought to the conference) and may not be guaranteed all amenities.

Extra Conference Activities and Exhibit Space require separate registration from the conference.

Refunds will not be honored after the deadline stated above.

Bottom line, please register and pay before the deadline so we can plan accordingly and not have to chase anyone down.  These measures help keep costs affordable for all.  🙂


Call for Abstracts

With a theme of “Collaboration Is Essential”, the 2014   Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation (AMR) Conference will team up   with ARIPPA, combining efforts and audiences, to co-host a dual   conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Independent Power Production.  The Conference will be hosted at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College, PA on June 26-27, 2014 and will feature not only technical presentations on Abandoned Mine Reclamation   and Mine Drainage Remediation, but projects completed by Power Producers using Coal Refuse as an Alternative Energy.  Numerous networking opportunities will be scheduled and may include a happy hour, golf outing and/or a tour of Penn’s Cave.

The Conference Planning Committee is currently collecting abstracts for consideration.  We are looking for presentations on new passive or active AMD treatment technologies or new information and research on existing technologies.

We would also love to accept abstracts for some case studies of watershed groups or conservation districts that have successfully reclaimed waste coal piles by partnering with a power producer.  Many abandoned mine land reclamation projects would not be possible without these valuable collaborations.

If you have a presentation idea that does not fit into these two categories, you are still quite welcome to submit an abstract for consideration.  We are open to all sorts of ideas relating to abandoned mine reclamation.

Abstract submissions for a 45 minute presentation slot should include a one page description of your presentation and a short biography (if you have never presented at our conference previously).  Please send abstract submissions to Anne Daymut,   Watershed Coordinator, WPCAMR at   Abstracts Due by April 1, 2014.  Call Anne at 724-832-3625 or visit for PA AMR Conference details.


“Collaboration is Essential”

The 2014 Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will be hosted at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College, PA on June 26-27, 2014. 

This year the AMR Conference Committee is teaming up with ARIPPA to combine efforts (and audiences) to co-host a dual conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Independent Power Production.

The 2014 Conference will feature not only technical presentations on Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Mine Drainage Remediation , but projects done by Power Producers using Coal Refuse as an Alternative Energy.  Network opportunities with non-profit, business and industry will be scheduled.

Please stay tuned for more details, and be sure to mark it on your calendar!