Water Management

Co-Chairs

Dr. Gwendelyn GeidelDr. Gwendelyn Geidel
Assistant Director, Environment and Sustainability Program
Research Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Science
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208
(803) 777-7171
geidel@environ.sc.edu

Dr. Louis McDonaldDr. Louis McDonald
West Virginia University
PO Box 6108
Morgantown WV 26506
LMMcDonald@mail.wvu.edu

The following is a member listing of those who have selected Water Management as a technical division of interest.

Adams, Cindy
Anderson, Tim
Barnhisel, Richard
Begay, Lawrence
Behum, Paul
Bengson, Stuart
Billey, Karmen
Burckhard, Suzette
Butler, Barbara
Coleman, Michele
Cude, Seth
Danehy, Tim
Darmody, Robert
Denholm, Clifford
Edwards, Alan
Eger, Paul
Ewing, Justin
Faulkner, Ben
Ferreira, James
Fulton, Stephanie
Greenwald, Edward
Grey, Catherine
Gusek, James
Guy, Daniel
Hager, Jonathan
Hamai, Takaya
Hamilton, James
Harper, Jarvis
Harvey, Kevin
Hawkins, Murphy
Haywood, Adam
Hedin, Robert
Holzbauer-Schweitzer, Brandon
Jennings, Stuart
Johnston, Christopher
Jones, Burnell
Knight, Robert
Kos, Paul
Kreitzer, Sarah
Kruse, Natalie
LaBar, Julie
Lamberson, Wesley
Laviena, Rajan
LeCroy, Anthony
Luke, Forrest
Maggard, Randall
Mahony, Ryan
Matthews, Zachary
Miedecke, John
Mullennex, Ron
Nattrass, Michael
Neely, Cody
Orndorff, Zenah
Perry, Michael
Peterman, Cara
Reisinger, Robert
Rose, Arthur
Schafer, Lindsey
Schlenvogt, James
Schroeder, Stephan
Shepherd, Nicholas
Sikora, Amy
Skousen, Jeff
Spellman, Charles
Spencer, John
Steinberg, Rebecca
Tang, Zepei
Teichert, Candice
Thomas, Robert
Trun, Nancy
Ulrich, Pattama
Webb, Ashley
Weigand, David
Zhang, Zhuanfang
Zipper, Carl

Charter

Objectives and Activities

INTRODUCTION

Mining is essential to meet the World's minerals and energy needs. The proper management of water resources is critical to the success of any mining operation. In arid environments, such as in the western Unites States, one has to consider water conservation, high sodium concentrations, and other potential contaminants; in more humid environments, water quality issues related to pyrite oxidation and mineral dissolution can be highly problematic. However, water management involves more than simply meeting discharge regulations; one must also consider the potential effect of mining on the local (and sometimes regional) water table, and the effects that surface and ground water can have on a mine. Moreover, one must consider the long-term impacts that resource extraction can have on the water resources of an area, as well as whether mining and reclamation can be engineered to actually improve water quality within a watershed.

It should not be a surprise to anyone therefore that many papers are presented on water-related issues at every meeting of this Society, regardless of the meeting's location. Topics include acid mine drainage, aquifer dewatering, hydrology, geochemistry, modeling, predicting probable hydrologic consequences of mining, active, passive, and semi-passive water treatment technologies, and wetlands (both as a water treatment technique and as a planned land use).

Papers range from the theoretical to the highly applied, from case studies at mine sites to smaller-scale laboratory studies. The water management division is interdisciplinary in scope and composition, and inclusionary in nature. It provides a communication vehicle for ASMR members who deal with and are concerned about the potential environmental effects that mining can have on a region and, in doing so, fosters collaboration and cooperation between researchers, practioners, and regulators.

OBJECTIVES

The Division's goal is to develop new knowledge and to foster improved understanding contributing to environmentally sound and cost-effective water management at active, abandoned, and reclaimed mines. Subjects of interest to the Division include:

  • Enhancing the functions and values of reclaimed wetlands and streams in mining environments;
  • Restoring streams and wetlands after disturbance;
  • Encouraging the acceptance and approval of ecologically-sound wetland reclamation and stream restoration plans by regulatory programs;
  • Cost effective water treatment technology, whether it be passive, semipassive, or active;
  • Conducting studies on the hydrology of underground and surface mines;
  • Prevention or amelioration of acid mine drainage, sedimentation, trace metal contamination, and other water-quality problems associated with mining;
  • Developing and evaluating novel cost-effective ways to solve water management problems, including the use of wastes or by-products from other industries;
  • Planning and considering post-mining hydrology and water quality prior to and during active mining; and
  • Establishing beneficial post-mining land uses involving water resources.

The Division will seek to achieve this goal by:

  1. Stimulating, encouraging, and coordinating the presentation of papers on water management topics at ASMR's annual meeting;
  2. Providing opportunities for Division members to meet and become friends, find common ground, and explore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration;
  3. Stimulating and encouraging Division members and the Society as a whole to see the mine environment from a broad perspective, considering ground water and surface water during the active mining, reclamation, and post-mining phases of mining operations; and
  4. Providing a means of technology transfer, allowing advances in science and technology in the fields of mine hydrology, water treatment, wetland science, aquatic geochemistry, and mine drainage to be integrated into standard mining, reclamation, and post-mine management practice.