Lausanne Tunnel AMD Remediation

The largest of eight abandoned mines impacting the Lehigh River

Lausanne Tunnel AMD Remediation

In 2000, Wildlands Conservancy developed a comprehensive action plan to remediate the negative water quality impacts of eight abandoned mine drainage discharges entering the Lehigh River, the largest of them being the Lausanne Tunnel, which enters Nesquehoning Creek in Carbon County.

In 2004, a remediation treatment system became operational. It effectively redirects the outflow from the tunnel into a 1.5 acre man-made wetland complex. As water from the discharge is collected in the wetland, the hazardous metals it contains are removed and trapped by the wetland and its vegetation.

Wildlands worked closely with a team of 22 project partners to raise nearly $525,000 to help fund this project and increase community awareness and support.