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FACTS: Funding AMD Chemistry for Treatment Systems

The FACTS Program (Funding AMD Chemistry for Treatment Systems) provides free chemical analyses to monitor passive abandoned mine drainage treatment systems. The program uses Datashed to make the systems' data available to the public, and to streamline the transfer of analysis results from laboratories.


The FACTS Program is administered by the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (WPCAMR).

Nonprofit watershed groups, county conservation districts, local governments, and RC&D councils in Pennsylvania can apply to the Program online at www.wpcamr.org/facts.

Using Datashed with the FACTS Program to store sampling data

Upon admission to the FACTS Program, a passive treatment system is prescribed a monitoring plan, which includes sampling points, analytes, and sampling dates. These are managed on Datashed's FACTS Sessions page.

Watershed Groups and Volunteers

Upon collecting a water sample, a volunteer must send bottles to the laboratory and submit field data to Datashed:


Example of a bottle label with Sample ID and Bottle Number

Laboratories

Under the FACTS Program, all water samples sent to laboratory are labeled on the bottle with a Bottle Number and Sample ID. Datashed uses these numbers to track water samples through the laboratory analysis process.

When processing water samples, labs need to interact with Datashed at two points:

  1. Mark bottles received when checked in by laboratory
  2. Submit data after chemical tests





Datashed administrators can receive guidance about the FACTS program on the FACTS Program Administration page.