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OSMRE awards funds for the construction of acid mine drainage treatment facilities

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The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has awarded approximately US$1 million in co-operative agreements to non-profit watershed restoration groups in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The funds, part of OSMRE’s Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program (WCAP), provide supplemental financial assistance to non-profit watershed restoration groups and other nonprofit organisations for the construction of acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facilities that help restore the biological health of local streams.

“The vital work being done in conjunction with partners to restore the usability of abandoned mine lands is yet another example of Interior’s multiple-use mission of conservation in action,” said US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

Five non-profit organisations across Appalachia will share the funding for work on 10 AMD projects selected through the merit review process for federal funding opportunities. WCAP grants result in partnerships that encourage long-term commitment to projects through engagement with local communities and environmental conservation.

Between 1999 and 2017, OSMRE awarded 299 co-operative agreement grants totaling nearly US$27 million. With a contribution ratio of 2.5 to 1, approximately US$65 million has been leveraged from additional sources to further the cleanup of streams affected by AMD.

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