Abandoned Mine Drainage Remediation and Stream Function

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

This study was designed to determine the impact of abandoned mine drainage (AMD) on stream ecosystem functions, such as algal growth, nutrient spiraling, litter decay, and enzyme function, as well as on macroinvertebrate communities. It will also aid in the assessment of the effectiveness of AMD remediation efforts. This research broadens our understanding of the scope of concerns generated by AMD pollution, considered the most extensive pollution problem in terms of stream miles affected throughout Pennsylvania, and it has the potential to lead to greater support for remediation efforts.

(Project details may change over the lifespan of a project. The project description listed here is from the annual report of the most recent project year.)

Funded by:

  • 2008-2010: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Growing Greener)
  • 2007: Campbell Foundation, Degenstein Foundation, McKenna Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Growing Greener), Western Pennsylvania Watershed Foundation

Principal Investigator(s):

  • 2010-2012: Thomas L. Bott, J. Denis Newbold, John K. Jackson, and Bernard W. Sweeney
  • 2007-2009: Thomas L. Bott


  • 2010-2012: Matt McTammany (Bucknell University) and Steven Rier (Bloomsburg University)
  • 2007-2009: J. Denis Newbold, John K. Jackson, Bernard W. Sweeney (Stroud Water Research Center), Matt McTammany (Bucknell University), Steven Rier (Bloomsburg University)

Project duration: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,

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