Reducing Acid Rock Drainage Volume using Passive Solar Evaporation Islands
Acidic mine waste (AMW) affects numerous drainages in Montana, and the release of AMW into natural waters threatens human and ecosystem health. This research explores implementation of Passive Solar Evaporation Islands (PSEIs) for AMW volume reduction. The PSEIs will consist of a floating carbon-based material incorporated onto upcycled plastic bottles arranged in floating islands. The PSEIs will accelerate evaporation, reducing the volume of acid mine waste with the goal of reducing the risk of spills and contamination.