Anthracite Mining

Since the early 1990's, Wilkes faculty and students have been heavily involved in efforts to understand the impact of past mining and develop solutions to those impacts.

Our work has focused on both the aquatic impacts of abandoned mine drainage and on the ecology of terrestrial abandoned minelands. 

For more information contact Dr. Ken Klemow

Ecologists and engineers at Wilkes designed both the Phase I and Phase II AMD treatment wetlands for the Earth Conservancy. In addition to helping to clean polluted water, those systems serve as living laboratories for dozens of Wilkes students conducting research at both locations.
Ecological research on abandoned mineland sites – such as the Earth Conservancy’s Hanover 12 site shown here – seeks to understand how to improve reclamation.  Recent research shows that efforts to create a dense meadow of grasses and legumes on those sites may inhibit forest development.