Rural Action has historically focused our Watershed program on abandoned mine lands (AML) and acid mine drainage (AMD) impacted watersheds. By working in partnership with local landowners, state and federal agencies, and many research institutions, great improvements in water quality have been made in streams once considered dead. Our approach is data-driven and backed by decades of proven, successful projects. Read on or contact us for information about specific projects or systems.

Acid Mine Drainage

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management (ODNR-DMRM), Rural Action has implemented over 20 passive and active AMD projects on both private and public land. These projects include surface mine reclamation, subsidence closures, dosers, limestone leach beds, treatment wetlands, slag ponds, and settling ponds. Some systems require ongoing maintenance and continual monitoring. See up-to-date information about the performance of our systems, as well as chemical water quality from on-site, at


The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Economic Development Pilot Program (Pilot) is a federally-funded program managed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement. Ohio has been granted funds to identify and reclaim eligible sites that have the potential for redevelopment. The RECLAIM Act is a pending federal program that would accomplish similar goals. Click HERE to learn more about these programs and how Rural Action is helping our community turn old coal mines into economic drivers.