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AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005
AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005
AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005
AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005

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Constructed on what was once the site of all the major Vinton Colliery buildings, the History Wetlands covers over seven acres. Once the busy industrial heart of Vintondale, by the early 1980s the site had been abandoned, demolished and had become a dump. A Rural Abandoned Mineland Project in the early 80s covered over the abandoned site with waste coal, leaving a large expanse of raw bony or waste coal four-to-eight feet thick across the site. AMD&ART had to remove all of that waste coal and then construct the new wetlands. It took a complex partnership with multiple agencies to make our History Wetlands a reality.

After the AMD leaves the final treatment pond, the now-clean or "legal" water is used to create the seven acres of new wetlands. We have transformed this area into our History Wetlands because the wetlands are on the site of the original Vinton Colliery. Here, where black bony, or waste coal, once barely supported scrubby grasses and stunted trees, the new wetland environment is attracting a variety of birds and wildlife, as well as human visitors. It is also within in these wetlands that the past of the site is most tangible, as the footprints of the old colliery buildings rise from the wetlands as ghostly reminders in the landscape. Our hope was to bring Vintondale's history back to the surface, to celebrate both its proud past and its future commitment to environmental improvement at the same time. In addition, all three of the site-specific installations — the Mine Portal, the Great Map, and the Clean Slate — are within the History Wetlands.




AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005
AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005
AMD&ART: The Project, 1994 – 2005

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The collage to the right depicts the Vinton Colliery Washery and Power House in 1906 (top), an overlay of the old colliery on the reclaimed land (middle), and the colliery site today (bottom).

Funding
Funding for this part of the Vintondale AMD&ART Remediation System came from the funding sources noted in the documents below.
  • Penn DOT Wetlands Purchase, 2000 PDF | Word

    Critical early support — they bought our wetlands in perpetuity before we even built them. This money built the basic wetlands and provided funding for maintenance with a small endowment for the local Community Foundation.

  • GFCC — Government-Financed Construction Contract, 2001 PDF | Word

    This isn't a grant, it's a government permit that allows a coal hauler to remove waste coal that can be sold at the local electric generating station. It took six months of staff time, but it got 70,000 tons of waste material removed from the site at no cost to AMD&ART, making the wetlands possible.

Documents are available in PDF format, viewable in the free Adobe Reader, and in Microsoft® Word format.

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