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Britannia Mining Museum remediation

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Britannia Mining Museum – one of my favourite museums – has received a number of awards recently. Two awards in particular recognize the Mining Museum’s role as both a stakeholder and as a public educator in environmental remediation and stewardship. A big part of the remediation process has occurred around the effort to restore Britannia’s Waterways.  When water enters the mine, either from rain or run off, it forms Acid Rock Drainage, acidic water that is contaminated with dissolved metals.  The Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant sits above the rock shed, and uses the mine itself to help restore the acidic water to its natural, neutral, makeup.  The polluted water is held in the old mine tunnels, where it awaits its turn in the treatment plant.  The job of the Water Treatment Plant is to neutralize the acidity of the water and remove the metals so that when the water is sent along to the Howe Sound, it is safe for marine life.  We know the plant is working, because the once barren waters around Britannia beach are alive once more with aquatic critters. Another exciting area of growth in the works is the development of a new community “Britannia South.” The proposal, recently announced by Taicheng Development, would see a vibrant new residential area near one of the area’s oldest communities. Upcoming Events at the Museum:

June 17: Family Triple Blast Day – gold pan races and demonstrations

August 12: Copper and Fire – the annual art and music celebration Also this weekend Thomas the Train is back at West Coast Railway Association all weekend.