2019 Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award Recipients
At the Sudbury 2019 Mining and Environment International Conference in Sudbury June 23 to 28, 2019, the CLRA Ontario Chapter presented a number of awards including Student Poster Awards, Student Oral Presentation Awards, the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award Student Bursary, and the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award Industry Trophy.
The Student Poster Awards were given to:
Jade Dawson (University of Guelph) for Catchment reclamation accelerates biological recovery in smelter-damaged lakes
William Humphrey (Trent University) for Biodiversity patterns along a forest chronosequence in a remediated industrial landscape
Robyn Rumney (Laurentian University) for Facilitating Landscape Carbon Storage Through Brownfield Restoration.
Student Oral Presentations were ranked first, second, and third and awarded as follows:
Varun Gupta (Laurentian University) Plant influence on iron and sulfur transformation, microbial communities, and long-term storage potential in a constructed floating wetland system
Patrick Levasseur (Trent University) Assessing changes in above-ground biomass on a recovering industrial landscape using vegetation indices applied to LANDSAT images
Katie Mitchell (Laurentian University) An evaluation of silica-Bacillus microencapsulation for reducing acid mine drainage from sulfur waste rock (Tom Peters Student Award winner 2018)
The Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award Student Bursary which includes a $5,000 cash award provided by Vale, was given to Robyn Rumney for her project Facilitating Landscape Carbon Storage Through Brownfield Restoration.
The Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award Industry Trophy was given to Vale and Terrapure Organics Solutions for their reclamation project at Vale’s Copper Cliff, Ontario tailings site where their developed custom reclamation mix is being used to revegetate the tailings but also eliminate fugitive dust and tailings erosion while diverting materials from landfills.
Congratulations to all our award winners and keep up this great, innovative reclamation work!