MiWER wins an ACARP grant to study river diversions

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.

Melanie sampling the  Goulburn River for an ACARP project
Melanie sampling the Goulburn River for an ACARP project

Presentation at IMWA 2016 in Leipzig

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.

Boat pen in a former coal pit in Leipzig, Germany
Boat pen in a former coal pit in Leipzig, Germany

MiWER presents at the IMWA/ICARD joint conference in Sanitago, Chile

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 

MiWER presents at Africa Australia Technical Mining Conference

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.

AAT 2015

Presentation to the Hunter Coal Environment Group

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).

MiWER hosts visitors from the Center of Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, USA

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.

 CBE Collie

Photo: Mark Lund, Matthew Fields, Lisa Kirk and Melanie Blanchette (left to right) in Collie at the Premier Coal Operations

Presentation to members of State parliament

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.

Pit Lakes in the news

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