DR. Katherine Zodrow                                                

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.


Dr. Katherine Zodrow is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech School of Mines and Engineering. The project includes the development of a children's exhibit for the Butte children's science museum, The Science Mine.