Environmental Clean Up of Lamberts Run Tributary to Benefit Flight 93 National Memorial and Surrounding Area
Contact: Keith Newlin, National Park Service, (814) 893-6322
Contact: Marjorie Hall, National Park Foundation, (202) 354-6480
Office of Surface Mining Grants $312,000 to Fund Environmental Effort
Lamberts Run has long been polluted by acid mine damage from underground mines that were abandoned prior to World War II. Several partners including the National Park Service, the Somerset Conservation District, the Somerset Conservancy, the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Families of Flight 93 have joined in the effort to clean up this tributary stream.
Improving the water quality in Lamberts Run is, however, only part of a broader commitment by the National Park Service to act as responsible environmental stewards of the memorial. In addition to treating mine discharge, NPS is working to: conserve on-site wetlands; plant thousands of trees as a reforestation initiative; remove exotic and invasive plant species; and restore native wildlife habitats.
Working with the National Park Foundation, the non-profit partner of the National Park Service, several private sector supporters are investing in this effort including the Alcoa Foundation, GenOn Energy, Rosebud Mining Company, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and the UPS Foundation. Additional participating organizations include: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Appalachian Regional Commission, and Green Forest Works.
For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial and how to support the campaign, please go to www.honorflight93.org.
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