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Media Alert: WVU to co-host mine reclamation conference; Paul Ziemkiewicz featured

Disgusting picture of acid mine drainage in a West Virginia stream
Acid mine drainage in West Virginia (West Virginia Water Research Institute image)


WHAT: West Virginia University co-hosts the 2022 Mine Drainage Task Force Symposium where mining and reclamation experts will provide the latest updates on regulations and practices including mine drainage, surface and underground mining, and reclamation techniques. 

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m
             Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, Morgantown

WHO: Jeff Skousen, professor of soil science in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension land reclamation specialist; Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, and other mining and reclamation experts. 

Picture of Paul Ziemkiewicz in lab
Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute at WVU's Energy Institute. (Energy Institute photo)

Jeff Skousen and Paul Ziemkiewicz visit the site where an uncontrolled discharge Albright Preston County

Jeff Skousen and Paul Ziemkiewicz visit a site with an uncontrolled discharge in Albright, Preston County. (WVU image)


NOTES: The West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force was formed in 1978 to investigate acid mine drainage associated with surface mining in central West Virginia. Since then, the task force has broadened its scope to include areas outside of West Virginia and research of many diverse mine drainage issues.

Speakers will include experts in industry, government and higher education, and scientists from the Davis College and Extension Service. The National Mine Land Reclamation Center will also share current findings. 

The meeting is expected to draw approximately 250 attendees from across the United States and neighboring countries.

Find more information and the conference agenda. 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Skousen
Professor of Soil Science
WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
304-293-2667; jeff.skousen@mail.wvu.edu

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The West Virginia Water Research Institute is a program of the WVU Energy Institute.