T. Allan Comp
An employee of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Comp works through the ACCWT and the WHWT to support the efforts of small community/watershed groups in mining communities of Appalachia and the Rocky Mountains. The ACCWT and the WHWT are coalitions of grassroots-level groups created to repair the environmental degradation left by historic coal mining while creating economic stability needed in rural communities.
The ACCWT, headquartered in Beckley, W.Va., serves an eight-state area comprising Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Its goals include building local capacity to fix problems, monitoring water quality, enhancing community outreach and education, developing local communities, and developing the professional skills of the VISTA Volunteers who serve with the organization. The WHWT was founded at the request of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, to emulate the successes of the ACCWT. Both Teams are supported by an innovative partnership between AmeriCorps VISTA and the Office of Surface Mining.