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ABCA – Nanticoke Creek Watershed Restoration, Phases 1 & 2

In accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s programmatic requirements for Brownfields Cleanup Grants, Earth Conservancy (EC), a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, located in Ashley, Luzerne County, PA, announces the availability of the final Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) for Phases I and II of the Nanticoke Creek Watershed Restoration Project, located in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, PA. The ABCA summarizes environmental conditions on the site, evaluates cleanup alternatives, and describes cleanup plans.

The ABCA will be available online for review from June 9 to July 6, 2024. The ABCA also be available during business hours at EC’s offices. A public meeting to discuss the project and the ABCA will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 1:00pm, at 101 South Main Street, Ashley, PA 18706. Public comments may be given by calling 570-823-3445 or emailing [email protected]

WELCOME TO EARTH CONSERVANCY

Celebrating 30 Years of Mine Land Reclamation, Conservation, & Economic Development in the Wyoming Valley

Founded in 1992, Earth Conservancy (EC) seeks to address the impacts of past anthracite coal mining in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Our work centers on the former holdings of the Blue Coal Corporation, which total nearly 16,500 acres. Explore our website to learn more about our mission, history, and projects. Through the reclamation, restoration, and redevelopment of these mine-scarred sites and impacted watersheds, we hope to contribute to the economic and environmental revitalization of the Wyoming Valley.

OUR WORK

EC’s primary work is reclamation.  We believe through reclamation, both environmental restoration and economic revitalization can occur.  In the last 30 years, over 2,000 acres of mine-scarred lands have been reclaimed and now are available for – or are already in – constructive use.  We also are proud of our efforts to mitigate the damage of abandoned mine drainage in local watersheds.  All of our projects trace back to EC’s overarching plan, one that seeks a more livable community now, and clears the way for positive, progressive change for future generations.

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RECLAMATION

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WATERSHED RESTORATION

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RECREATION & GREENSPACE

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EDUCATION & OUTREACH

LATEST HAPPENINGS

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NEWS & EVENTS

EC continues to make progress on its mission to reclaim, conserve, and revitalize its properties. Our News & Events section offers a look into some of our happenings. And to always be up to date on the latest happenings, come follow us on Facebook!

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NEWSLETTER / ANNUAL REPORT

Get caught up on all our activities from 2023 by reading EC’s annual newsletter. This edition features an overview of EC’s next major project, restoration of 15,000 linear feet on the Nanticoke Creek.

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PLANNING INITATIVES

New for 2024, our Hanover 7A Recreation Area Master Site Development Plan, prepared by K&W Engineers! The report offers several alternatives for a public recreation area on this 30-acre former strip mining site. We appreciate all those who provided input, and thank the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources for its funding support.