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Amd and Art
Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) in Blacklick Creek. AMD results when groundwater dissolves minerals exposed during mining, creating an unstable aqueous solution loaded with metals such as iron, aluminum and manganese.

Amd and Art   Blacklick Creek in fall. Southwestern Pennsylvania is a region of remarkable beauty and stark degradation where residents and visitors alike often miss the attractions of the region by focusing on its problems.
Amd and Art   Hughes Bore Hole. Seeping or surging from abandoned coal mines, AMD is the acidic minerals-laden water that coats stream beds with rusty orange sediment, desolating entire watersheds.
Amd and Art   Vintondale From Above
Amd and Art   Bikers on the Ghost Town Trail. AMD&ARTís pilot site in Vintondale offers a manageable AMD discharge central to the community, with high visibility due to the popular trail that borders the park.
Amd and Art   The Boney Pile and Blacklick Creek. AMD&ART is doing preliminary work with sculptor Angelo Ciotti in hopes of sculpting an immense boney pile adjacent to the Vintondale site into an overlook
Amd and Art   Vintondale Firemen and Volunteers Building Planter Boxes. Community support has been essential to the success of AMD&ART in Vintondale.
Amd and Art   Vintondale Conceptual Site Design, Graphic Design by Jessica Johnson. The ideas contributed by the residents of Vintondale to the professional design team were distilled into a comprehensive plan.
Amd and Art   Mine No. 3 Discharge. AMD&ART is passively treating the discharge from Mine #3 that flows unceasingly. Rusty, mineral-laden water is introduced into the ecosystem at a rate of 80-200 gallons per minute.
Amd and Art   Pond Construction. The Vintondale treatment system consists of a series of six ponds, excavated during the fall of 2000.
Amd and Art   Areal View of Pre Wetlands Area. Once the cleansed water exits the treatment system, it will enter an expanse of wetlands which will attract wildlife.
Amd and Art   Staking the Treatment Ponds. During the 1980s, scientists found that wetlands improved the quality of AMD polluted water. Subsequently, many natural remediation techniques have been developed and paired with wetlands.
Amd and Art   Treatment Ponds Under Construction. The water will change colors as it flows through each pond, dropping out metals and becoming more alkaline. Volunteers have planted a Litmus Garden nearby with plantings that echo the changing colors in the water.
Amd and Art   The AMD&ART Vintondale Project is a collaborative community effort assisted by (from left to right): T. Allan Comp, Ph.D., Project Director and Historian, Stacy Levy, Sculptor, Julie Bargmann, Landscape Designer, Robert Deason, Hydrogeologist, several successive generation of AmeriCorps members.
Amd and Art   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.
Amd and Art   Vinton Colliery Company Mine #6. Vintondale is a community whose history is defined by underground mining and vast surface works, yet the tangible reminders of this proud past are beginning to fade away. In the 1960s, the last deep mine in Vintondale closed forever.
Amd and Art   AMD&ART, Central City Miners, date unknown
AMD&ART/ T. Allan Comp

Vintondale

Vintondale, Pennsylvania

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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