Rizzo, Stacy A.*, Chuck Angelo, Jesse Hassan, Jim Mack, Erica Robaczewski, Kenneth Klemow, and William Toothill. 2003. IMPACT OF ABANDONED MINE DRAINAGE ON RIPARIAN PLANT COMMUNITIES ALONG STREAMS IN THE WYOMING VALLEY OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. Contributed poster: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 76:130-131.
Abandoned mine drainage (AMD) is a major water pollution problem in northeastern Pennsylvania. While studies of the impacts of AMD on animal life and general vegetation features have been conducted, few studies have examined the effects of AMD on riparian plant communities directly adjoining the stream. To that end, we sought to determine if riparian vegetation differs between AMD-impacted and non-impacted streams, using both field-based assessments and remote sensing. Multispectral satellite imagery and aerial photography were used to classify and compare field-based riparian vegetation data of the AMD-impacted creeks to the data collected from non-impacted creeks. Measured vegetation parameters differed greatly from site to site, and AMD appears to be one of several factors (including prevailing soils and disturbance history) affecting the nature of riparian vegetation along streams in the Wyoming Valley.