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Because the main goal of the Schuylkill Headwaters Association (SHA) is to protect and enhance the Schuylkill River and its tributaries, the bulk of SHA’s work is to install on the ground projects to improve water quality.  Many of these projects are treatment systems to treat abandoned mine drainage (AMD).  SHA acquires grants to build the treatment systems, which consist of ponds, wetlands, and sometimes limestone depending upon the pH of the AMD discharge.  Other watershed restoration projects include creating fish habitat, stabilizing stream banks, cleaning up illegal dumpsites, and restoring streams to keep water from entering mine pools.


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Highridge Clean-up Project   On April 8 and 9, 2006, Schuylkill County took part in the Cleanup Our Anthracite Lands and Streams (COALS) program. Operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, this initiative seeks to clean up existing dump sites and to prevent the establishment of new ones. Participants included the Schuylkill Headwaters, Schuylkill …

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Tree Plantings

2016: On May 24, 2016, Schuylkill Headwaters Association (SHA), the Pine Grove Borough (PGB), and the Schuylkill Conservation District (SCD), along with many great volunteers, reforested two acres of open land with 1,000 native tree seedlings. The planting took place on a plot of land owned by the PGB in Adams Run near Ravine. Roughly …

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Watershed Restoration Projects

Silver Creek  For several decades, acidic Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) from the Silver Creek mine flowed into the Schuylkill River, polluting it with metals and lowering the water’s pH level. Partnering with Rettew Associates, Inc., SHA installed a passive treatment system that includes five pools. The AMD water is collected in the scour pool, allowing …

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