2021 PA ABANDONED MINE RECLAMATION CONFERENCE

"Overcoming Challenges - A Bright Future"

Datashed 3.0 Workshop

This workshop will be held on Friday, October 29th, and is free to those that registered for the 2021 AMR Conference.

“Datashed 3.0 2021 Update1“, Cliff Denholm, Stream Restoration Incorporated

Acid mine drainage (AMD) is one of the largest sources of pollution in Pennsylvania with over 5,500 miles of streams currently impaired.  Across Pennsylvania, watershed groups, government agencies, and other organizations are working to restore these streams by completing land reclamation projects and constructing water treatment systems.  Once these projects are constructed, they need to be monitored to make sure they continue to work properly and identify when maintenance is needed to ensure long-term sustained improvements of water quality. 

To help support these efforts, Stream Restoration Incorporated created Datashed (www.datashed.org), a free, open-source, web-based, GIS-enabled database that functions as a maintenance and data management tool.  The website can store a variety of information related to both individual projects and overall watershed restoration efforts including water quality data, documents, maps, engineering design drawings, treatment technologies, photographs, etc.  Datashed provides an open centralized repository to preserve this important information so that anyone with internet access can view, print, or download.  User accounts are only needed for approved users who will be adding or editing the stored information.  The website provides students, researchers, citizen scientists, and engineers with real data from existing treatment systems to conduct research and improve designs.  Datashed can also be utilized for education/outreach efforts of watershed groups to highlight their projects and provides a certain level of transparency as funding agencies are able to observe the effectiveness of the projects.