Stefano Announces Grant to Clean Up Acid Mine Drainage in Fayette County

Harrisburg – State Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) announced today that a grant will soon be awarded to Mountain Watershed Association, Inc. under the Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Set-Aside Grant Program.

The grant of $123,543 will be used for a project titled Rondell-Correal AMD Treatment System in Saltlick Township, Fayette County.

“I want to congratulate the Mountain Watershed Association for their successful application and their ongoing efforts in the region,” said Stefano, who serves on the Mine Reclamation Advisory Board, which is dedicated to these activities. “Mining is a significant part of our regional heritage, and so is environmental stewardship. This grant will help improve local water quality and mitigate the effects of acid mine drainage.”

Under this initiative, grants are awarded to projects that mitigate acid mine drainage and support programs that improve water quality in watersheds, wetlands and fisheries that have been impaired by AMD.

Funding for the AMD Set-Aside Grant Program comes from a fee on the active mining industry designated in the Federal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act.

Contact: Ben Wren (717) 787-7175