Volunteers interested in stream restoration and natural sciences can help EPCAMR restore polluted streams and stream facing future impact! If you are an avid hiker who is often near streams in NEPA, EPCAMR can train you in stream assessment and let you borrow equipment. We need help with the following tasks:
1) Stream Bug Counts (macro-invertebrates to indicate stream health) & Habitat Assessment - go to a specified stream and flip over rocks and count the number and type of bugs in the stream. Then using EPCAMR's score sheet (which will be provided along with training on how to use it), score the stream section for stream health.
2) Stream Crossing (culvert) Assessments - measure bridges, culverts and pipes for passability by fish. So many road crossings in our area act as impediments to fish migration and segregate populations which causes inbreeding and genetic issues, but sometimes it protects populations from invasive species. Learn the difference!
3) Water Quality Monitoring - abandoned mine drainage (AMD) pollution contains heavy metals, weak acids and other pollutants that aren't necessarily harmful to humans, but wreak havoc on stream life. EPCAMR can train you to identify it, use test kits to sample the chemistry and determine flow with common items like a ball and a stopwatch. You go out to sample and return results to us. Of course, don't drink any surface water without proper filtration.
About Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
101 South Main Street, Ashley, PA 18706, US
The Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) is a public non-profit. Founded in 1996, our mission is to promote and facilitate the reclamation and remediation of land and water adversely affected by past mining practices in Eastern Pennsylvania. EPCAMR specializes in restoring streams affected by abandoned mine drainage (AMD), a water pollution problem that impacts over 5,000 miles of streams in PA.
EPCAMR is a public non-profit dedicated to restoring land and streams impacted by past mining practices. EPCAMR hold community cleanups, environmental educations projects, and stream restoration projects in order to help Northeastern Pennsylvania recover from historic coal mining.
Sports & Recreation
We'll work with your schedule.
101 South Main StreetAshley, PA18706
June 10, 2021
Must be at least 16
Orientation or Training
No time commitment required
Walking on uneven surfaces; Some basic orientation needed to understand tasks