40 Influences of Natural Resources Extraction Activities (Coal Mining, Hard Rock Mining, Sand and Gravel Dredging, and Oil & Gas Development) on Fish Communities

Wednesday, September 15, 2010: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
403 (Convention Center)
This symposium will bring together researchers offering a broad spectrum of viewpoints, including industry, academia and state and federal regulatory agency perspectives. This gathering of professionals is timely as several mining related issues have recently been raised before the water quality section and the AFS board. Additionally, as mining and natural resource extraction activities expand, the need for economically and environmentally sustainable solutions supported by regulatory actions based on the best available science becomes more urgent.
Erich B. Emery and Frank Borsuk, PhD
Erich B. Emery , Frank Borsuk, PhD and Gregg Lomnicky, PhD
8:00 AM
Introductory remarks
Frank Borsuk, PhD, USEPA
8:20 AM
Recovering from our coal legacy
R. John Dawes, M.ED., Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
9:00 AM
The proposed pebble mine: Identified risks to Alaskan fisheries
Carol Ann Woody, PhD, Fisheries Research and Consulting
9:20 AM
A plea for watershed scale management of fisheries in the central Appalachian coalfields
J. Todd Petty, Ph.D., West Virginia University; Roy Martin, West Virginia University; Eric Merriam, West Virginia University
9:40 AM
Assessment of fish assemblages in streams of the coal mining region of West Virginia
Bradley C. Autrey, M.S., J.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
10:00 AM
10:20 AM
Twelvepole Creek fisheries response to on-going coal mining activity
Ed Kirk, REI Consultants, Inc.; Randy Maggard, Argus Energy
11:00 AM
Transient changes in fisheries quality and mine-pool discharges, Monongahela River Basin, 1975- 2010
Joseph Donovan, Ph.D., West Virginia University; Frank Borsuk, PhD, USEPA; Richard Lorson, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission; Frank Jernejcic, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources; Erich B. Emery, ORSANCO
11:20 AM
Changes in stream fish community composition along a gradient of specific conductance
David G. Argent, PhD, California University of Pennsylvania; William G. Kimmel, PhD, California University of Pennsylvania
11:40 AM
The Dunkard Creek disaster: summary of the ichthyofauna and the factors leading to a mining related fish kill in the Monongahela River Basin, West Virginia
Dan Cincotta, MS, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources; Frank Jernejcic, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources; Richard Spear, PA Dept. of Env. Protection; Stuart A. Welsh, PhD, U.S. Geological Survey
12:00 PM
Lunch Break On Your Own
1:20 PM
Effects of coalbed natural gas development on fish assemblages in tributary streams in the Powder River Geologic Basin, Wyoming and Montana
Windy N. Davis, M.S., Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit; Robert G. Bramblett, PhD, Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit; Alexander V. Zale, PhD, Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit
1:40 PM
Selenium-induced developmental effects among fishes in selected West Virginia waters
Jeffrey Ginger, West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection; Ben Lowman, West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection; Jason Morgan, West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection; Robert Row, West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection
2:00 PM
An evaluation of selenium bioaccumulation and effects on fish communities in mining influenced watersheds in West Virginia
John P. McHale Jr., Patriot Coal Corporation; Mindy Y. Armstead, PhD, Potesta & Associates, Inc; Leah J. Creathers, Potesta & Associates, Inc; Eric M. Rapp, Potesta & Associates, Inc
2:20 PM
Role of stream fish movement in selenium ecotoxicology
Nathaniel Hitt, PhD, U.S. Geological Survey; Douglas Chambers, U.S. Geological Survey; Vince Palace, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
2:40 PM
Frank Borsuk, PhD, USEPA; Erich B. Emery, ORSANCO
3:00 PM
3:20 PM
Panel discussion
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