Orange Water Awareness


Sixth-grade students at Solomon-Plains Elementary School in Plains Township got a fresh-air education about the environmental effects of acid mine drainage on the Susquehanna River and its tributaries during a field trip to four sites in and around Nanticoke, Luzerne County.

The students got their first-hand lessons from members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, thanks to an Empowering Educators grant award from PPL. They collected iron oxide from acid mine drainage impacted streams and are currently building solar-powered kilns to dry the iron oxide into a powder that can be used as a pigment in art projects throughout the Wilkes-Barre School District.

Now that’s reclamation! Way to go Solomon-Plains students and teachers!

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