Links & Resources

GPS Tools

EasyGPS: Upload and download waypoints, routes, and tracks

DMS/DD/UTM Coordinate Conversion Spreadsheet by Mike Morellato:    

Convert GPX to CSV

Some notes on GPS accuracy

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Quantum GIS (free, open source): Don't forget the plugins.

Geology, Water Data

National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS)

EPA Reach Address Database (RAD) Water Program Features

Tennessee Spatial Data Server

Coal Drilling Logs (USGS)

Appalachian Basin (Region 9) Coal Assessment    

Fire Clay Coal Zone Point Data (Chemistry) in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia     

Pond Creek Coal Zone County Statistics (Chemistry) in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia    

Map Data

USGS National Maps Data Portal:

Google Earth Topo Map Layer- just add permit maps:

Libre Map Project: Great Resource!

GIS Resources from ILoveMountains

Throw a Topo Map onto Google Earth Makes it easy to match up permit boundaries from cruddy maps!

 Data & Reports

Tennessee Water Quality Assessment Report (EPA)

TDEC Permit Mapper

U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining Applicant/Violator System

Other Links

Date Calculator- Useful for figuring out when permit comments are due!

National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information

Operation Scarlift was a Pennsylvania state program which operated in the 1960's and 1970's whose purpose was to remediate ravages of land and water from historic mining practices.

Links to Other Organizations

The Appalachian Community Fund

Appalachian Voices

Aurora Lights

Black Mesa Indigenous Support

Christians for the Mountains

Climate Ground Zero

Coal River Mountain Watch


Environmental Integrity Project

Friends of Hurricane Creek

Global Community Monitor

I Love Mountains

Keeper of the Mountains Foundation

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Mountain Justice

National Resource Defense Council

Plundering Appalachia

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Rainforest Action Network

Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM)

Sierra Club

Sludge Safety Project

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

Southeast Energy Network


Stop Strip Mining Smith Lake

Students Environmental Action Coalition

The Clean

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

West Virginia Rivers Coalition
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