Scholars and experts from West Virginia University will participate in the West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Forces 28th annual symposium Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-11, at Morgantown Ramada Inn.

The Task Force was formed in 1978 to investigate the acid mine drainage problem in West Virginia and surrounding regions. Members keep current on new developments in prevention, control and treatment of acid mine drainage. Task Force members represent the coal mining industry, regulators, private consultants and scientists from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland.

The meeting provides an opportunity to learn about the newest innovations in mining, reclamation and water quality.

Invited speakers will discuss a variety of topics including selenium, aluminum standards, acid mine drainage impacts on streams, fishery recovery in the Cheat River, and passive treatment of acid mine drainage.

Brent Wahlquist, acting director of the federal Office of Surface Mining, and Randy Huffman, director of the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection, will be keynote speakers on Tuesday.

WVU faculty members will lead seminars and symposia on mapping technology, watershed mitigation and stream recovery assessment.

More information on the symposium can be found athttp://wvmdtaskforce.com

For further information, contact Jeff Skousen, WVU Extension Specialist for Land Reclamation and Professor of Soil Science in WVU s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences, 304-293-6256, jskousen@wvu.edu