Powell River Project symposium Sept. 10 explores mine reclamation science and practices

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Carl Zipper, a professor of crop and soil environmental sciences and director of the Powell River Project, will lead a mine reclamation symposium in Wise, Virginia Sept. 10.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 5, 2014 –The Powell River Project Symposium, a conference spotlighting Virginia Tech’s research on improving reclaimed surface-mined lands in Southwest Virginia’s coalfield region, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Slemp Student Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Wise, Virginia.

The event is open to the public.

Powell River Project research has focused on developing practical, cost-effective solutions to natural resource problems in central Appalachian coal mining areas. Research topics addressed by the project include mine reclamation and environmental protection practices by coal mining operations; use of reclaimed mined lands for forests, agriculture, and homes; and water and timber resources.

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