Monastery Run Wetland 1 near Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is a passive mine water treatment system constructed in 1997–1998 to treat multiple discharges from an abandoned underground mine. The OSMRE Technical Support Division assisted the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) with diagnosing issues and improving the effectiveness of the water treatment system.
The OSMRE GIS Branch has been providing imagery support to monitor mine reclamation activities. This support was more critical in 2020 due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of OSMRE employees have easily transitioned into a maximum telework schedule as much work can be done remotely. With technology in place to stay in contact and have virtual meetings, they continue to work successfully on collaborative assignments.