"The waste water from the Fletcher Mine of the St. Joseph Lead Company was producing large algal growths in Bee Fork Creek. A field and laboratory study was conducted to determine the characteristics of the waste, find a method of determining the pollutional materials contained in the waste, study the undesirable algal growths, and develop and evaluate a practical, inexpensive, and effective pollution abatement method. Laboratory studies included analytical analysis of the waste, flotation reagent analysis, a microscopic study of the algal growths, algal growth studies, and heavy metal analysis of the algal growths. Field work comprised: a study of the mining and milling processes, evaluation of waste water samples, observation of the tailings ponds, collection of algal samples, and the evaluation of surface baffles in the tailings ponds. The characterization of the waste indicated that some normal parameters for evaluating waste water are not applicable to mining waste. The flotation reagent analysis and algal growth studies were unsuccessful, but, the algal growths were found to be composed of the blue-green algae, Oscillatoria, and contained high concentrations of heavy metals. The surface baffles prevented the outflow of the surface film which improved the condition of Bee Fork Creek"--Abstract, Page ii.
Wixson, Bobby G.
Huang, Ju-Chang, 1941-2018
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
M.S. in Civil Engineering
United States. Federal Water Pollution Control Administration
University of Missouri--Rolla
ix, 77 Pages
© 1969 William Earl Anderson, Jr., All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Lead mines and mining -- Missouri
Groundwater -- Pollution -- Environmental aspects -- Missouri
St. Joseph Lead Company
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Anderson, William Earl Jr., "A study of a lead mining waste water pollution problem" (1969). Masters Theses. 7071.