6151 Freeport Blvd. Sacramento
Presentation by Kent E. Parrish, CA PG 5188, CA CHg 307, AR PG 959
Senior Associate Hydrogeologist at Wood
Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) have been a largely unrecognized concern for well over a century. One reason for their lack of awareness has been that they are often very remote. Another is that they can be very complex and may require many experts from many scientific and engineering disciplines to understand (i.e., a lot of time and money). But with expansion of human recreation and habitation into wilderness areas, people are becoming aware of AML and its impacts.
An Introduction to Abandoned Mine Lands: what they are, how big of an issue are they, and what can we do about them? could be your first step towards better awareness. In the United States, there are an estimated over 500,000 AML sites — upwards of 47,000 in California alone. The impacts from AML include physical to environmental and spread across many media. AML complexities require an “A Team” to understand them and figure out what can be done to mitigate their impacts upon human health and the environment.
This evening, come learn about AML, be exposed to some weird and interesting mining terminology, and find out some of the things that people are doing to address this environmental crisis.