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Environmental Impacts Tour: Anthracite Coal Mining in Schuylkill County

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has teamed up with the Schuylkill Headwaters Association to present a tour of anthracite mining impacts in Schuylkill County.  This tour offers a rare opportunity to learn about the history of anthracite mining. See first-hand the impacts past mining practices continue to have on our environment today and discover what local people are doing to restore impacted streams to health.

Sunday, October 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Schuylkill County Conservation
1206 Ag Center Dr.
Pottsville, PA 17901

(free all day parking)

Register for the event here

Tour participants should arrive at the Schuylkill Conservation District (SCD) offices by 9:00 am. From the SCD, tour participants will travel in a comfortable bus with a professional driver. Tour guides for this trip are Schuylkill County residents who will share their extensive knowledge of the anthracite region, and the work being done to clean up past mining impacts.

Tour itinerary includes:

  •     Tour of the No. 9 Mine (admission for the mine tour and mine museum is included in the cost of this trip)
  •     Picnic lunch at the No. 9 Mine (Lunch is included in cost of this trip)
  •     Newkirk Mine portal
  •     The very beginning of the Schuylkill River
  •     MaryD Borehole treatment system
  •     Middleport slush dam
  •     Silver Creek treatment system
  •     Schuylkill River stream habitat project

Tour Guidelines:

  •     This is a full day tour with our time of return to the SCD estimated to be 4:00 pm.
  •     Please note that tour stops may be adjusted based on timing, weather, and travel conditions.
  •     Wear shoes for suitable for walking (No open toe shoes/ No sandals / No flip flops).
  •     Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
  •     Please note that the temperature in the mine is 52 degrees.
  •     Registration is required for this trip. Seating is limited. Register today to reserve your seat on this trip.

Register for the event here

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM