Keynote Presentation: Learning from the Gold King Mine Incident and Future Challenges of Bulkheads in Acid Mine Drainage Remediation

Presented by Brik Zivkovich, EIT & Jane Clary, CPESC, LEED AP

This talk will provide an introduction to challenges associated with bulkheads and their relation to acid mine drainage. Information will be presented on core encounters within Colorado’s mining districts and improved positioning for remediation of mine drainage impacts associated with bulkheads. Using a recent visit to Gold King Mine as a primer to the presentation, the key emphasis will focus on a background into common challenges associated with mine remediation efforts and bulkheads. Brik will also present the current research approach their team is taking to address hydrologic, biological, chemical, and geological influences of bulkheads at a mine in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Brik Zivkovich, EIT

Water Resources Engineer

Wright Water Engineers, Inc.

Brik Zivkovich is currently a full-time engineer at Wright Water Engineers, Inc. where he works on a variety of water resources projects related to hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, water quality monitoring and low impact development and design. Alongside his profession, he is also a full-time Ph.D. candidate of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado, where he studies hydrobiogeochemical phenomena associated with bulkheads in the context of acid mine drainage (AMD). His anticipated graduation is Fall of 2018 at which time he plans to continue his professional career in both academia and the private sector.

Jane Clary, CPESC, LEED AP

Vice President, Senior Water Resources Scientist
Wright Water Engineers, Inc.

Jane Clary is a Vice President of Wright Water Engineers in Denver, where she has worked on water resources, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), water conservation, water quality and Clean Water Act-related regulatory issues for 24 years. She has been involved with watershed planning for several Front Range streams, including serving as the Big Dry Creek Watershed Coordinator for 20 years. She is a project manager for the International Stormwater BMP Database and has been involved with development of stormwater quality guidance locally and nationally. She serves as the secretary of the Urban Water Resources Research Council for the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is currently serving on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. Jane earned a B.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado.