Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative
- Animas River, Colorado
- Boulder River, Montana
The USGS is conducting an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Initiative
during fiscal years 1997 through 2002, to provide technical assistance
in support of Federal Land Management Agency actions to remediate
contamination associated with abandoned hard rock mining activities.
This initiative is part of a larger strategy by the U.S.
Department of the Interior and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture to coordinate activities for the cleanup
of federal lands affected by AML. The strategy employs a watershed
approach, in which contaminated sites are identified and remediated
based on their effect on the water and ecosystem quality of a targeted
watershed. The initiative has been implemented on a pilot scale
in two watersheds, the Boulder River basin in southwestern Montana
and the Upper Animas River basin in southwestern Colorado.
- Herbert Buxton, USGS, Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, West
- Paul von Guerard, USGS, Colorado Water Science Center, Grand Junction, CO,
- David Nimick, USGS, Montana Water Science Center, Helena, MT,
- Buxton, H.T., Nimick, D.A., von Guerard, P., Church, S.E., Frazier,
A.G., Gray, J.R., Lipin, B.R., March, S.P., Woodward, D.F., Kimball,
B.A., Finger, S.E., Ischinger, L.S., Fordham, J.C., Power, M.S.,
Bunck, C.M., and Jones, J.W., 1997,
Science-based, Watershed Strategy to Support Effective Remediation
of Abandoned Mine Lands, in Fourth International Conference
on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD) May 30-June 6, 1997, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada.
- Kimball, B.A., 1997,
of tracer injections and synoptic sampling to measure metal loading
from acid mine drainage: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet
FS-245-96, 4 p.
- Kimball, B.A., Bencala, K.E., and Besser, J.M., 1999,
of Watershed Characterization for Making Remediation Decisions:
U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4018A,
- Nimick, D.A., and von Guerard, P., 1998,
for Watershed Decisions on Abandoned Mine Lands--Review of Preliminary
Results, Denver, Colorado, February 4-5, 1998: U.S. Geological
Survey Open-File Report 98-0297.
- Runkel, R.L., and Kimball, B.A., 2002,
Remedial Alternatives for an Acid Mine Drainage Stream -- Application
of a Reactive Transport Model: Environmental Science and Technology
(ES0109794 ASAP PAPER).
- U.S. Geological Survey, 1999,
USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative, Protecting and Restoring the
Environment Near Abandoned Mine Lands:
- U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 095-99. U.S. Geological Survey,
report on the scientific investigations in the Animas River watershed,
Colorado, to facilitate remediation decisions by the U.S. Bureau
of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, March 29, 2000
Meeting, Denver, Colo.: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report
00-0245, 36 p.
USGS Acid Mine Drainage Remediation Projects
- Acidic Plume Remediation Monitoring,
Pinal Creek, AZ
- Evaluating How Downstream Tailings
Deposits Impact the Effectiveness of Remediation Plans, Upper Arkansas River,
- Lake Coeur d'Alene Remediation
- Summitville Mine and its Downstream
Watersheds Interagency Abandoned Mine Lands Project, Bear-Yuba
of Nutrients on the Formation of Acidic Mine Drainage
Some of the World's Most Acidic Waters at the Iron Mountain Superfund
Site--A Tough Challenge for Scientists
of Stream Water Degraded by Acid Mine Drainage, Toby Creek
Mine Drainage Treatment Plant, Elk County, Pennsylvania
- Swatara Creek Basin, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
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