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Innovations in Passive Water Treatment for Mine Reclamation and Closure Planning


Impact your bottom line and reduce legal risk by understanding innovations in passive water treatment technologies.

Not only is passive water treatment more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment, applying these technologies provides mining operators the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability.

Learn best practices for the design, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of passive and semi-passive water treatment systems for operating and closed mine sites.

Join microbiology experts Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP, President and Principal Scientist and Vanessa Friesen, PhD, EPt, Principal Scientist of Contango Strategies Ltd. as they cover the topics of:

  • Planning for closure
  • Prevention
  • Using a phased approach
  • Design-driven integration of passive water treatment into site planning and water conveyance
  • Common misconceptions with passive treatment

During this 90 minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to differentiate between historic and modern day mine closure planning approaches for water treatment.
  • How to discuss why mine closure plan should be outlined before opening, and with inclusion of a water treatment strategy.
  • Why a phased approach is now used for site-specific design and implementation.
  • Common myths about passive water treatment and discuss concerns

Closure permitting generally requires mining operations to strive towards a “walk away” scenario, which is only possible with passive and semi-passive technologies. An understanding of this topic may also:

Impact your organization’s bottom line:
Passive Water Treatment is more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment. Not only that, but a proper design and a phased approach to implementation helps maintain compliance through predictability and robustness.

Address your organization’s legal risks:
While technologies have advanced significantly over time, the understanding and application of these advancements has generally lagged. Use of old technologies, or lack of understanding of technologies (the old school “black box” approach) pose legal risks.

Help your organization be a leader:
Application of passive water treatment technologies provides mining operations the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability. Moreover, the application of such technologies have the beneficial public perception that the water must be “easy to treat” or “non threatening”.

Why is this webinar topic important for environmental professionals?

Environmental professionals working for mining operators can impact their bottom line and reduce their legal risk by understanding innovations in passive water treatment technologies.

Not only is passive water treatment more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment, applying these technologies provides mining operators the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability.

How do I access the webinar?

To access this webinar, you’ll need to purchase the webinar and complete the payment process. Upon confirmation of payment, you’ll be emailed with a link to the webinar recording.

When was this webinar recorded?

This webinar was recorded in November 2016.

Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP | President & Principal Scientist | Contango Strategies Limited

Monique holds a PhD in applied microbiology, and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. With over a decade of experience, Monique’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment spans from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. She has worked on passive treatment systems such as constructed wetlands for more than a dozen mines at various stages of operation including exploration, active, closed and abandoned, many of which are located in Northern Canada. A specialist in passive water treatment, constructed treatment wetlands, biogeochemistry and genetic microbial profiling (microbiome, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics), Monique oversees research programs for technology development in these areas at Contango in addition to their consulting activities. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving environmental firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011), and to their W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015).

Vanessa (Pittet) Friesen, PhD, EPt | Principal Scientist | Contango Strategies Limited

Dr. Friesen (Pittet) is a specialist in microbial profiling, with over a decade of experience in genetic sequencing and analysis technologies for microbes such as microbiome, genomic, metagenomic, transcriptomic, and metatranscriptomic methods. She has merged this expertise with a passion for the outdoors and the environment (supported by her degrees in microbiology and biochemistry), allowing for unique insights into environmental microbial processes that drive remediation efforts. Vanessa is involved in the scientific design, data analysis, and interpretation for client projects. Passionate about operational effectiveness and quality assurance, she also oversees new technology development by Contango’s team of technologists. Prior to joining Contango, Dr. Friesen successfully lead a multi-million dollar interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder technology development program that established novel microbial profiling services which are now being applied at Contango to assess environmental and remediation projects around the world.

+ Overview

Impact your bottom line and reduce legal risk by understanding innovations in passive water treatment technologies.

Not only is passive water treatment more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment, applying these technologies provides mining operators the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability.

Learn best practices for the design, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of passive and semi-passive water treatment systems for operating and closed mine sites.

Join microbiology experts Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP, President and Principal Scientist and Vanessa Friesen, PhD, EPt, Principal Scientist of Contango Strategies Ltd. as they cover the topics of:

  • Planning for closure
  • Prevention
  • Using a phased approach
  • Design-driven integration of passive water treatment into site planning and water conveyance
  • Common misconceptions with passive treatment
+ Course Outcomes

During this 90 minute webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to differentiate between historic and modern day mine closure planning approaches for water treatment.
  • How to discuss why mine closure plan should be outlined before opening, and with inclusion of a water treatment strategy.
  • Why a phased approach is now used for site-specific design and implementation.
  • Common myths about passive water treatment and discuss concerns
+ Topic Importance

Closure permitting generally requires mining operations to strive towards a “walk away” scenario, which is only possible with passive and semi-passive technologies. An understanding of this topic may also:

Impact your organization’s bottom line:
Passive Water Treatment is more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment. Not only that, but a proper design and a phased approach to implementation helps maintain compliance through predictability and robustness.

Address your organization’s legal risks:
While technologies have advanced significantly over time, the understanding and application of these advancements has generally lagged. Use of old technologies, or lack of understanding of technologies (the old school “black box” approach) pose legal risks.

Help your organization be a leader:
Application of passive water treatment technologies provides mining operations the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability. Moreover, the application of such technologies have the beneficial public perception that the water must be “easy to treat” or “non threatening”.

+ FAQ

Why is this webinar topic important for environmental professionals?

Environmental professionals working for mining operators can impact their bottom line and reduce their legal risk by understanding innovations in passive water treatment technologies.

Not only is passive water treatment more cost effective than active and conventional water treatment, applying these technologies provides mining operators the opportunity to differentiate themselves as leaders in technology, innovation, and sustainability.

How do I access the webinar?

To access this webinar, you’ll need to purchase the webinar and complete the payment process. Upon confirmation of payment, you’ll be emailed with a link to the webinar recording.

When was this webinar recorded?

This webinar was recorded in November 2016.

+ Experts

Monique Haakensen, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP | President & Principal Scientist | Contango Strategies Limited

Monique holds a PhD in applied microbiology, and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. With over a decade of experience, Monique’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment spans from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. She has worked on passive treatment systems such as constructed wetlands for more than a dozen mines at various stages of operation including exploration, active, closed and abandoned, many of which are located in Northern Canada. A specialist in passive water treatment, constructed treatment wetlands, biogeochemistry and genetic microbial profiling (microbiome, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics), Monique oversees research programs for technology development in these areas at Contango in addition to their consulting activities. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving environmental firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011), and to their W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015).

Vanessa (Pittet) Friesen, PhD, EPt | Principal Scientist | Contango Strategies Limited

Dr. Friesen (Pittet) is a specialist in microbial profiling, with over a decade of experience in genetic sequencing and analysis technologies for microbes such as microbiome, genomic, metagenomic, transcriptomic, and metatranscriptomic methods. She has merged this expertise with a passion for the outdoors and the environment (supported by her degrees in microbiology and biochemistry), allowing for unique insights into environmental microbial processes that drive remediation efforts. Vanessa is involved in the scientific design, data analysis, and interpretation for client projects. Passionate about operational effectiveness and quality assurance, she also oversees new technology development by Contango’s team of technologists. Prior to joining Contango, Dr. Friesen successfully lead a multi-million dollar interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder technology development program that established novel microbial profiling services which are now being applied at Contango to assess environmental and remediation projects around the world.