Geological Research at the IGS
Friar Tuck acid mine drainage wetland project
||Jan 1, 2000
||Jun 30, 2015
Peg Ennis, Ron Smith, John Comer
||Major river systems in southwestern Indiana continue to be degraded by acid runoff from abandoned mine lands. Restoring these riverine ecosystems requires continuing evaluation and appropriate implementation of a variety of acid abatement strategies.
||The purpose of this project was to abate acid mine drainage that forms at the Friar Tuck site and flows into the Wabash River drainage system.
||We collected and analyzed bi-monthly the inflow and outflow from a constructed wetland to evaluate the effectiveness of this acid abatement strategy at the Friar Tuck abandoned coal mine site.
||A final report contained an evaluation of the effectiveness of the wetland treatment system in abating acid drainage.
||Improvements to existing coal-mine reclamation methods for improving the quality of water flowing from abandoned mines benefited the state of Indiana.