AMD&ART/ T. Allan Comp
The AMD&ART Vintondale site is situated on thirty-five acres of reclaimed mine land next to the South Branch of Blacklick Creek. On this site, a washery, power plant, tipple, and a battery of 152 coke ovens once stood. The Ebensburg and Blacklick Railroad, a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, bordered the site. Today, the once bustling mining center is silent, covered with boney, the past rendered invisible. The riverbed is blanketed with orange sediment from abandoned mine drainage and the streets are lined with dilapidated houses.
What statistics cannot show is that hope is still very much alive in Vintondale, and residents of the Blacklick Creek Watershed are working to clean their waterways and revitalize their communities. Ideas contributed by the residents of Vintondale to the professional design team were distilled into a comprehensive plan. Three main areas exist: a passive AMD treatment area surrounded by a native Litmus Garden, the Emergent History Wetlands, and an active recreation area.
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