The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds


Grant Available

May 14 2018

Apply now for the $5,000 ARIPPA AML/AMD Award. WPCAMR and EPCAMR have partnered with the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producer’s Association (ARIPPA) to offer a competitive award to watershed organizations working on Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and/or Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) remediation projects. Grants at a maximum of $2,500 will be awarded to at least one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Anthracite Region and one eligible environmental organization or Conservation District in the Bituminous Region in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania actively working on AML/AMD issues. Grant proposals should be for on-the-ground AML/AMD construction projects with a completion date between August 2017 and August 2019. Proposals are due June 29th. The amount granted is dependent upon demonstrated need. Applying organizations must support the mission of ARIPPA, including the removal and conversion of waste coal into alternative energy and the beneficial use of CFB ash for AML/AMD reclamation. You can obtain the official Request for Proposals and supporting documents at our website:

Help the 9-11 Memorial Trail

December 05 2016

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Project information:

The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a tribute to all who perished and to the heroic first responders on September 11, 2001, in America’s worst terrorist attack. The 1,300-mile trail symbolizes the resiliency and character of America by linking the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Cyclists, walkers, and drivers can experience breathtaking landscapes, new towns, and the patriotism that grows from visiting sites that demonstrate our nation’s strength. The NRG Gives award will help to build the September 11th National Memorial Trail sections near Flight 93 and Johnstown, Pa., and do planning in between. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, which will administer the award on behalf of the many project partners, is a nonprofit public foundation that builds professionally managed assets from donors to support Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties. Innumerable people will benefit from this trail development as it boosts the economy by attracting tourists, honors those who sacrificed so much in the attacks on our nation, and promotes community health by encouraging active lifestyles.


Training Opportunity (click image to enlarge)

November 01 2016


AML Video Released

October 12 2016

The Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation  (WPCAMR) released a video underscoring the need for reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund (AMLF). This fund provides a per ton fee on mined coal. AMLF dollars are used to address legacy mining impacts. Pennsylvania has $5B in documented water quality impacts from legacy mining. Due to a down turn in coal production, Pennsylvania is approximately $165M behind 2006 payout projections. With AMLF slated to sunset in 2021, interest is building for renewed efforts to find dedicated funding past 2021!

Watch the film by clicking here.

Training Available

September 08 2016

A prerequisite for receiving AMD funds from FPW is having and maintaining a Datashed account. Learn more about this valuable tool and how to maximize its benefit to your organization. Click here to learn about a FREE Datashed training opportunity!


Chesapeake Bay in the News

May 18 2016

Grantee Octoraro Watershed Association receives film recognition for its work.

The Bay Reboot, gets the boot from some…

Read the E&E article by clicking here!

Job Opening

February 10 2016

You’ve recently graduated with an environmental degree? You’ve worked at a conservation district for years? Oh wait, you left your job with the local consulting firm?

No matter what the circumstances, the Alliance for the Chesapeake may have your ticket to happiness. Check out this job opportunity.

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We Want You!

February 04 2016

FPW is updating its contact information. If you are a past grantee or are interested in our work, and occasionally receiving environmental updates please email your contact information to: Branden S. Diehl.

A New AMLER???

February 04 2016

President Obama tried rallying support for the Power+ Plan, only to meet resistance. Now, a reincarnation of AMLER has hit the streets. This bipartisan bill has the potential of bringing upwards of $375M in reclamation funds to PA. The funds will be advanced from the AML Fund. FPW encourages our grantees to reach-out to their elected officials and encourage support of this initiative.

Bipartisan RECLAIM Act will release $1 Billion in AML Funds to Support Coal

RECLAIM Act 2016_Section by Section


February 04 2016

The DEP will be unable to fill vacancies according to a recently release news article. The decision by Governor Wolf is likely to impact about 200 positions. Read more here.

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