The West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force was formed in 1978 and assigned to investigate the acid mine drainage (AMD) problem associated with surface mining in central West Virginia. Since then, the Task Force has broadened its scope to include areas outside of West Virginia with AMD problems.
Task Force members represent the coal mining industry, regulators, private consultants, and scientists. The objectives of the Task Force are to keep current on new developments in AMD research, AMD treatment and control practices, and to present this information at annual symposia. Task Force Symposia have been held every year since 1980.