Read MiWERs article in ‘The Conversation’ – an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community – on options for the pit lakes likely formed at the lignite mines in Victoria that supported the Hazelwood Power Station (that has recently closed). Read here
In collaboration with Ulan Coal (Glencore) and Ashton Coal (Yancoal), MiWER has been successful with an ACARP grant
‘Project C25031 Closure criteria for river diversions: An alternative to reference sites’ 2016-17 to be led by Melanie Blanchette and Mark Lund.
Dr Melanie Blanchette and A/Prof Mark Lund presented at the July 2016 meeting of the International Mine Water Association Conference in Leipzig, Germany on “Bio-physical closure criteria without reference sites: realistic targets in modified rivers”. This new approach attracted considerable interest and the paper can be read for free here.
The visit to Leipzig included tours to the pit lake district around Leipzig and Lusatia.
Mark Lund and Melanie Blanchette spent a little over two weeks in April 2015 visiting colleagues at the Centre for Biofilm Engineering. Time was spent discussing potential and ongoing projects. Both Melanie and Mark presented talks to the Centre.
Mark Lund and Melanie Blanchette presented papers at the 2015 IMWA/ICARD joint conference in Santiago, Chile in April. The talks were respectively entitled:
Lund, Mark; McCullough, Clint (2015): Addition of Bulk Organic Matter to Acidic Pit Lakes May Facilitate Closure. – In: Agreeing on solutions for more sustainable mine water management
Macdonald, Karunia; Lund, Mark; Blanchette, Melanie (2015): Impacts of Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining on Water Quality of a Tropical River (Surow River, Ghana).
Copies of the papers can be downloaded from http://www.imwa.info/imwa-meetings/proceedings/293-proceedings-2015.html
Fatien Macdonald presented a paper entitled “Challenges Posed to Australian Gold Miners Operating in Africa by Artisanal Small-scale Gold Miners, Particularly in Relation to Environmental Degradation of Local Rivers and Streams – A Case Study from Ahafo, Ghana.” at the recent AUSIMM Africa Australia Technical Mining Conference 11-12 June 2015 in Adelaide.
A/Prof Mark Lund and Dr Melanie Blanchette recently had the opportunity to present findings from current and previous Australian Coal Association Research Grants to members of the Hunter Coal Environment Group in Singleton, NSW. The trip was very successful and they visited operations at Yancoal (Ashton) and Coal and Allied Industries (Hunter Valley Operations and Mount Thorley Warkworth).
Dr Melanie Blanchette and A/Prof Mark Lund aided by a Capacity Enhancement Scheme grant from ECU hosted A/Prof Matthew Fields and Dr Lisa Kirk from the Center of Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University (USA). Over a couple of weeks, the visitors were shown MiWER field sites in Collie, introduced to other researchers and plenty of time was spent discussing possible future collaborations.
Photo: Mark Lund, Matthew Fields, Lisa Kirk and Melanie Blanchette (left to right) in Collie at the Premier Coal Operations
A/ Prof Mark Lund recently concluded a series of 3 talks to the City of Joondalup about his work on Yellagonga Regional Park. Mark has spoken to the senior executive group including the CEO, the elected members including the Mayor and most recently to the members of parliament for Wanneroo and Joondalup. His talk was based on a recent review of water quality data that had been collected for the lakes in the park over the last few years.
Associate Professor Mark Lund was interviewed by the ABC on MiWER’s research on Lake Kepwari and the Collie River. In particular, the visit by Associate Professor Matthew Fields and Dr Lisa Kirk from Montana State University was discussed. Read the story here