The Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative 2007 Symposium

Coal Mining and the Aquatic Environment

Symposium Program and Schedule

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Day 1 – Wednesday, September 5
7:45AM-3:00PM FIELD TRIPS: Prepare to board vans in the parking lot of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Vans will leave at 8:00 AM.
Day 2 – Thursday, September 6
7:30-8:00AM VENDORS, AGENCIES, & STUDENTS SET UP BOOTHS AND DISPLAYS: Set up posters and displays
8:00-8:10AM WELCOME & INTRODUCTION 
Bill Kittrell, Director of Conservation Programs and Acting State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Virginia
8:10-8:40AM OPENING REMARKS 

  • L. Preston Bryant, Jr., Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Patrick Gottschalk, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade
8:40-10:00AM Morning Session I: Coal Mining and the Status of Aquatic Fauna, moderated by Brad Kreps, The Nature Conservancy

  • REGIONAL IMPORTANCE OF COAL MINING: MIKE QUILLEN, CEO, Alpha Natural Resources (presentation pdf)
  • AN AQUATIC BIOLOGIST’S 30-YEAR PERSPECTIVE ON THE CLINCH AND POWELL RIVERS: RICHARD NEVES, U.S. Geological Survey(presentation pdf)
  • DEPLOYEMENT OF CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE (CCS) TECHNOLOGIES: AN UPDATE ON CARBON SEQUESTRATION AND ENHANCED COALBED METHANE RECOVERY IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA: MICHAEL KARMIS, Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, Virginia Tech (presentation pdf)
  • THE DECLINE AND RECOVERY OF FRESHWATER MUSSEL POPULATIONS IN THE CLINCH, POWELL AND BIG SOUTH FORK CUMBERLAND RIVERS OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES:JESS JONES, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (presentation pdf)
10:00-10:20AM Morning Break: refreshments served.
10:30-12:00PM Morning Session II: Ecology and Ecological Risk Assessment of Stream Systems, moderated by Mike Abbott, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

  • THE ROLE OF HEADWATER STREAMS IN THE BIODIVERSITY OF RIVER SYSTEMS: DAVID L. STRAYER, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and JUDY L. MEYER, University of Georgia (presentation pdf)
  • WHAT GOOD IS A MUSSEL? THE ECOLOGICAL ROLES OF MUSSELS IN STREAM SYSTEMS: BRAVEN BEATY, The Nature Conservancy (presentation pdf)
  • USING AN ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK TO SET APPROPRIATE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR NATIVE AQUATIC SPECIES IN THE CLINCH RIVER BASIN, VA: JERRY DIAMOND, Tetra Tech, Inc. (presentation pdf)
  • PATTERNS OF CHANGE IN LAND USE AND MUSSEL DISTRIBUTIONS WITHIN THE CLINCH-POWELL RIVER BASIN, U.S.A., KIM MATTSON, Virginia Tech and PAUL ANGERMEIER, U.S. Geological Survey (presentation pdf)
12:00-1:20PM Lunch: lunch served at SVHEC dining room.
1:30-3:10PM Afternoon Session I: Aquatic Ecotoxicology, moderated by Brian Watson, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

  • POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS: A REVIEW OF FACTORS INFLUENCING THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL FATE, BIO-AVAILABILITY, AND TOXICITY TO FRESHWATER MUSSELS: GREGORY COPE, DAMIAN SHEA, and ELIZABETH NICHOLS. North Carolina State University (presentation pdf)
  • NEUTRALIZED ALUMINUM AND SODIUM SULFATE: TOXICITY OF COMMON COAL-RELATED POLLUTANTS IN FRESHWATERS: DAVID SOUCEK, Illinois Natural History Survey (presentation pdf)
  • AQUATIC LIFE CRITERIA DEVELOPMENTS RELEVANT TO COAL MINING: CHARLES DELOS, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (presentation pdf)
  • ASSESSING THE SENSITIVITY OF JUVENILE FRESHWATER MUSSELS TO COAL MINING EFFLUENTS AND SLURRIES: NING WANG, JAMES KUNZ, CHRIS INGERSOLL, U.S. Geological Survey; CINDY KANE, STEVE ALEXANDER, BRIAN EVANS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;RICHARD NEVES, U.S. Geological Survey; DAN HUA, Virginia Tech;CRAIG WALKER, Office of Surface Mining; JESS JONES, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (presentation pdf)
  • BIOLOGICAL IMPAIREMENT AND TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS ASSOCIATED WITH COAL MINING IN THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS:GREG POND, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (presentation pdf)
3:10-3:30PM Afternoon Break: refreshments served.
3:30-4:30PM Afternoon Session II: Management of Coal Mining and Recent Developments in Coal Mining Control Technology, moderated by Ian Dye, Office of Surface Mining, Big Stone Gap Area Office Manager

  • REGULATION OF COAL MINING ACTIVITIES IN VIRGINIA: BUTCH LAMBERT, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (presentation pdf)
  • COAL PREPARATION: HISTORICAL AND CURRENT PRACTICES: KEITH MOHN, Lone Mountain Processing
  • BEST PRACTICES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL IN INDUSTRIAL COAL PREPARATION PLANTS: ROBERT BRATTON and GERALD LUTTRELL, Virginia Tech
  • MOUNTAINTOP COAL MINING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN APPALACHIA: STEVE GARDNER, and P. SAINATO, Engineering Consulting Services, Inc. (presentation pdf)
6:00-7:00PM Dinner: dinner served at SVHEC dining room.

  • EVENING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION (~6:30-7:00): RECENT DISCOVERIES IN LIFE HISTORY COMPLEXITY OF FRESHWATER MUSSELS, CHRIS BARNHART, Missouri State University
7:00-9:00PM Evening Social and Poster Session: refreshments served.
Day 3 – Friday, September 7
8:00-10:00AM Morning Session I: Restoration of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems, moderated by Glen “Skip” Skinner, County Administrator-Wise County, Virginia

  • FRESHWATER MUSSEL RESTORATION IN THE CLINCH AND POWELL RIVERS: MIKE PINDER, Virginia Department of Game And Inland Fisheries
  • ABANDONED COAL MINE LANDS: THE IMPACTS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND CHALLENGES: RICHARD DAVIS, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (presentation pdf)
  • RESTORING FORESTS FOR MULTIPLE VALUES ON MINED LAND IN THE APPALACHIAN REGION, USA: JAMES BURGER, Virginia Tech
  • PARTNERING IN THE POWELL RIVER BASIN TO RESTORE THE ECOSYTEM: JEFFEREY LINKINHOKER, VACHERE LAMPLEY, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and STEVE GEBHART, DMA, Inc. (presentation pdf)
10:30-12:00PM Morning Session II: Management and Monitoring of Aquatic Resources, moderated by Scott Lewis, Arch Coal, Inc.

  • COAL MINING, IMPERILED AQUATIC BIOTA, AND THE ROLE OF THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA:BRIAN EVANS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (presentation pdf)
  • MECHANISMS AND MEASUREMENT OF FLUVIAL-COAL TRANSPORT:JOHN GRAY, U.S. Geological Survey (presentation pdf)
  • SEDIMENTATION: TECHNOLOGIES AND POLICIES TO RESTORE AND PROTECT AQUATIC HABITATS: DAVE BRAATZ and RANDALL TUCKER, Streamside Systems, LLC (presentation not available)
  • SPATIAL RELATIONS OF SURFACE MINING AND FISH ASSEMBLAGE STRUCTURE IN THE CLINCH-POWELL RIVER STSTEM, U.S.A.:NATHANIEL HITT, Virginia Tech and CHARLIE SAYLOR, Tennessee Valley Authority (presentation pdf)
12:00-1:20PM Lunch: lunch served at SVHEC dining room.
1:30-3:30PM Afternoon Session I: Creating a Framework to Prioritize and Implement Collaborative Research to Address Biodiversity Conservation in the Clinch and Cumberland River Systems

  • Panel Discussion: CARL ZIPPER, Virginia Tech, Moderator Panel will discuss how stakeholders can create a framework for establishing, funding, and sustaining an organized effort to advance critical scientific research in these globally significant watersheds. Session will include audience interaction, questions and answers, and a facilitated dialogue.