Coal and Water in Central Appalachia: The Challenge to Balance — Conference November 15

Appalachian Transition readers may be interested to hear about an upcoming conference in Blacksburg examining water impacts from coal mining in the region.  Find out more information below:

Coal and Water in Central Appalachia: The Challenge to Balance

November 15, 2011

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Blacksburg, Virginia

About the Symposium

Invited speakers will provide perspectives on water-protection policies that affect mining operations. Technical presentations will address the influences of coal mining practices on total dissolved solids, selenium, aquatic biota, and hydrology of rivers and streams in the region. Symposium participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to group discussions.



Registration allows for participation in all symposium activities, including refreshment breaks and lunch. Standard registration is $110.00.  Currently enrolled students are eligible to participate in the symposium at the student registration rate of $80.00. To register, go to


Professional Development Opportunity
A certificate of attendance will be awarded for 5 contact hours to registered attendees who participate in the full symposium.


Lodging – Special Rates in Effect until October 14, 2011

Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn, across from The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, at the special rate of $95 plus tax per room for the evening of November 14, 2011. To make your room reservation, call (540) 552-7001 and request the "Water Research Symposium" rate. The special rate only applies while rooms are available in our block and only until October 14, 2011.


For more information

To learn more about the symposium, see  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Jane Walker at (540) 231-4159 or


Hosted By

Virginia Water Resources Research Center

West Virginia Water Research Institute

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute


Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.