Ziemkiewicz analyzes data for Inside Appalachia from untreated mine water used as a drinking source

Morgantown, W.Va. – As mining companies close and leave Appalachia, water systems in these company towns are often abandoned.  Eight water systems in southern West Virginia are “intractable,” meaning the systems are no longer maintained and the water is no longer treated, leaving residents vulnerable.  In Garwood (Wyoming County) water comes from an abandoned coal mine.

Inside Appalachia, a program on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, examined the question, “Is water from an abandoned coal mine fit to drink?” Reporter Anne Li asked Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, to comment on water testing results from coal mine water that feeds into Garwood’s derelict water system.

Call for Abstracts : 2017 Mid Atlantic Water Resources Confernce

Morgantown, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute is accepting abstracts through March 27 for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Water Resources Conference. Themed “Water Research: Building Knowledge and Innovative Solutions,” the conference will be held October 12-13, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Researchers from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, private organizations, consulting firms, industry and students are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts for basic and applied research papers are being solicited in all areas related to water resources including infrastructure, energy, monitoring, policy, supply, technology, water quality and others.