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Water quality monitoring programs - not just a compliance tool - Recording

Online Learning
Published in 2017

Presenter: Dr Marilena Stimpfl, Principal Geochemist, Environmental Geochemistry International Pty Ltd

Marilena has 16 years of experience in the field of geochemistry/geosciences, providing expert advise in the assessment and management of Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD) and related issues for mine sites in Australia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos PDR, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia. She has managed and completed geochemical characterisation projects and AMD assessment for a broad variety of clients ranging from small to multinational companies, across a range of environmental and regulatory settings and commodities including nickel, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, polymetallic, silver, and zinc. Her projects span from literature reviews to preparation of technical appendices in support of Closure Planning and Environmental Impact Studies.
Marilena also has extensive on-site experience with the supervision of field trials for mine site rehabilitation and AMD management strategies, and has conducted detailed water quality data reviews to assess the potential impacts on surface and groundwater systems associated with mining activities. 

Water quality monitoring is a regulatory requirement at most mine site. However, most often these data are loaded into a database and just used as a compliance tool.
In addition to satisfying regulatory requirements, one of the key aims of any water quality monitoring program should be to track trends in water chemistry to allow early identification of potential water quality issues before they become an environmental and compliance liability.

Thus, early identification of problematic water quality trends is crucial to ensure the implementation of appropriate pre-emptive management options before Regulatory trigger/actions are raised. In this presentation, we will introduce some housekeeping practices and protocols that will assist site management make the most of the water quality data collected at site, with particular reference to identifying early signs/trends of water quality issues associated with acid and metalliferous drainage.

Duration: 00:53:49

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