The AMR Conference Planning Committee is developing a great conference program! Here are some presentations our committee has approved. Stay tuned for more…

“Pennsylvania’s 2024 Integrated Water Quality Report”, Dustin Shull, PA DEP

This presentation will focus on the components of Pennsylvania’s 2024 Integrated Water Quality Report and how to use them.

Dustin Shull is an Environmental Group Manager in Pennsylvania DEP’s Water Quality Division. He holds a MS in Biology from Shippensburg University, where he focused on aquatic ecology. He has been with DEP for 14 years and is currently responsible for developing Pennsylvania’s assessment methodology and Integrated Water Quality Report.

“Tips for Success in the AML/AMD Grant Program”, Jon Smoyer and Cindy Wolfe, PA DEP

As the Abandoned Mine Lands and Acid Mine Drainage (AML/AMD) Grant Program moves into its third year, common mistakes, misconceptions or misunderstandings of the process and procedures regarding the Grant Program are materializing.  This presentation will highlight and explain common errors or incorrect assumptions regarding the Grant Program to help prevent and rectify issues in the future. The process for applying for, accepting, executing, and completing a grant from both the subrecipients’ and PADEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation’s point of view will also be discussed.  Anyone currently administering or interested in applying for a grant is strongly encouraged to attend. 

Request for Presentations

Currently, the AMR Conference Planning Committee is requesting proposals for presentations for this conference. We encourage a wide range of topic submissions, including but not limited to:

  • New abandoned mine drainage (AMD) treatment system technologies, tools, and products
  • Construction case studies and lessons learned
  • Land remediation, reforestation, and reuse
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of treatment systems
  • Non-profit organization capacity issues
  • Community involvement, special events, education, and outreach
  • Coal mining history and heritage preservation
  • Mapping, drones, equipment, and other helpful new technologies
  • Legislative updates and concerns at all levels of government
  • Economic redevelopment, health and safety, and quality of life topics
  • Climate change, energy, and AMD

In the past, we have had such varied topics as the history of baseball in coal patch towns, prevention of Lyme disease, preserving collieries, computer software designed technologies, reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Fund, economic benefits of reclamation, abandoned mine land issues in Germany and Bolivia, the establishment and support of non-profit organizations, and everything in between. If your topic can be related to what our community does, we would love to consider it for the conference!

Please use this PA AMR Conference Presentation Proposal Form to submit your ideas for our committee to consider.

Submissions and questions should be emailed to Anne Daymut at