When iron, aluminum, and manganese seep out of an abandoned mine into a nearby creek, it’s pollution. But when you use them to make paint, pottery glaze, fertilizer and other goods, that’s business. If you are an inventor, business, or citizens group that is trying to turn unwanted pollution into valuable raw materials, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds may be able to help. We help community groups arrange for scientific studies of the pollution in their water, to determine if the pollutants could potentially be put to good use. One such study led to the formation of EnvironOxide, which is successfully marketing abandoned mine treatment sludge as a paint pigment. Additionally, Clean Creek Products is utilizing recovered Manganese for its product line. To view previously funded Resource Recovery projects click here.