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Sci-Tek Engineer Presents Paper at the 2011 International Water Conference

November 15th, 2011, Orlando, FL.  Sci-Tek Principle Engineer Gary Van Balen, PE presented a paper at the 2011 International Water Conference In Orlando, FL. titled "Treatment and Reuse of Acid Mine Drainage and Other Sustainable Technologies," the paper was coauthored with Scott C. Quinlan, PE and Allison G. McCurdy of GAI Consultants and Joseph R. Fedor of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). Messer Van Balen and Quinlan also presented this paper during the "Best of IWC Webinar Series" on September 20, 2012.

Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is a serious and pervasive environmental problem in coal-mining areas such as Western Pennsylvania.  AMD, which is acidic water that typically forms in abandoned mines, pollutes streams, kills fish and other wild life, and contributes to overloading sewage treatment plants.  The results are loss of recreational areas; unsightly seepage, often in residential neighborhoods; and higher costs to collect, convey, and treat sewage and storm water.  In the paper, the authors discussed an innovative approach to treating and reusing AMD at a gulf course near Pittsburgh, including how a wind turbine helped to attract a grant from PADEP and offset operating costs.  The project is a joint effort of ALSOSAN, Grand Valley Golf Club, North Braddock Borough, and the PADEP.

The International Water Conference® (IWC) is an educational conference, founded with an emphasis on commercial free discussions on technology.  The IWC brings together end users, researchers, practicing engineers, managers, educators, suppliers, and contractors and is dedicated to advancing new developments in the treatment, use and reuse of water for industrial and other engineering purposes.  The technical sessions typically cover current issues in water treatment.