MONITORINGVigilant monitoring of the mine site is crucial!
Conservation organization uses volunteer pilots and small aircraft to protect the natural resources and ecosystems of the Southeast.
Surface Water Monitoring:
Alabama Water Watch conducts classes on how to monitor and evaluate physical, chemical and biological features of water. The data collected is then entered into a database where the samples can be compared. Samples are now being taken monthly at established points surrounding the mine site.
A common and devastating result of mining is acid mine drainage (AMD), toxic to aquatic life because it lowers pH levels and transports loads of dissolved metals into the receiving streams. Data should be collected BEFORE the mining starts. This photo was taken just off Hwy 1 south of Cleveland
About acid mine drainage (this large .pdf takes a long time to download)
Well Water Monitoring:
Last Thursday (Feb 4th) the first Well Water Seminar convened at the Rosa Town Hall. The six people in attendance listened to a PowerPoint presentation, practiced using pH strips (and took a supply home) to measure the pH of water and vinegar. We used instruments generously loaned from the Geologic Survey of Alabama to test the well water of two attendees. Materials made available from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Water Program Coordinator, Dr. Eve Brantley.
For more information, or to request a seminar for your group:
PLEASE CALL: (205) 799 5708
We are trying to identify people who can see (even with binoculars) the mining activity.
The permit issued by ASMC does NOT ALLOW BLASTING. If you hear blasting, please record the time and day and please