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Natalie Daniels to discuss “The Long Road to Recovery from Coal Mining” at Oct. 17 Science Café

From Staff Reports | Oct 9, 2018

What’s hidden in the lush, green hills of Appalachia?

Behind the beauty is a legacy of coal mining: abandoned surface mines that resemble moonscapes, dangerous highwalls of unexcavated overburden and coal, subsidences caused by shallow underground mines, and extensive acid mine drainage. Across Appalachian Ohio, hundreds of miles of stream have been impacted by acid mine drainage.

Since 2000, nearly $20 million of treatment and reclamation has led to recovery of these areas and their fish and aquatic insect populations.

Natalie Daniels, associate professor of environmental studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and students and staff tackle difficult questions surrounding treatment of acid mine-impaired streams.

At her Science Café presentation, “The Long Road to Recovery from Coal Mining,” Daniels will discuss the successes and failures of acid mine drainage treatment in Ohio over the past two decades and what we’ve learned along the way.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Ohio University Baker Center Front Room. The discussion also can be viewed live online or watched later: https://livestream.com/ohiocas/events/8362028.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt.

The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag

For the schedule of fall semester speakers and access to livestreaming of the events, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe   and   http://livestream.com/ohiocas.