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Litmus Garden


On Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, 2001, over one hundred volunteers worked to make the Vintondale Litmus Garden a reality.

The Litmus Garden is a collection of native trees and shrubs planted alongside the Vintondale AMD treatment system. As AMD flows through the six-pond treatment system, it will change color from a rusty orange to a clean blue-green. In the fall, the leaves of the plants next to each pond will reflect the color of the water, grading from fiery red foliage to cool silver-blue foliage.

We thought you'd be interested in the following statistics about what was accomplished over the two days:

* 21,840 shovels-full of planting material moved
* 10,884 cups of fertilizer of lime scooped
* 2,184 wheelbarrows of fill mixed
* 907 holes dug
* 537 native shrubs planted
* 370 native trees planted
* 30 participating groups

Tree planters included volunteers from the Washington Center and the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, AmeriCorps volunteers, Vintondale residents, AMD&ART Staff, Frank Hanchar (tree man!), and a Brownfields Job Training Program participant, and AMD&ART design team members Stacy Levy and T. Allan Comp. Volunteers also included AMD&ART board members, Blacklick Valley High School students, EPA VISTA volunteers, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Vintondale Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary, the Vintondale Borough Council and Municipal Authority, PA Correctional Facilities, and more!

Thanks again to one and all!

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