The West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force was formed in 1978 and assigned to investigate the acid mine drainage (AMD) problem associated with surface mining in central West Virginia. Since then, the Task Force has broadened its scope to include areas outside of West Virginia with many diverse mine drainage issues. The objectives of the Task Force are to keep current on new developments in mine drainage research, treatment and control practices, and to present this information at annual symposia. Task Force Symposia have been held every year since 1980.
In recent years, the Task Force has expanded their studies of mine drainage (from metals and acidity) to include any constituent of environmental concern. Symposia presentations and poster sessions present the latest efforts at predicting, preventing, and controlling Total Dissolved Solids, Selenium, Sulfate, and other parameters perceived or responsible for diminished water quality. This includes challenges to water uses from both acid and alkaline mine drainage as well as documentation of protection and restoration of mined watersheds.
the 29 Task Force members represent the coal mining industry, regulators,
private consultants, and research scientists. The Task Force remains active by
holding periodic meetings, sponsoring the spring symposium, and hosting a fall