Biochemical Reactors for Mining-Influenced Water

Team Leaders

Cherri Baysinger
P 573-751-6206
David Cates
P 405-702-5124

Program Advisors

Steve Hill
P 208-442-4383
Judie Kean
P 706-745-4998

A biochemical reactor (BCR) is an engineered treatment system that uses microorganisms and a substrate to remediate water contaminated with heavy metals. The goal of this project is to examine the background and current status of using biochemical reactors to treat mining-influenced water. A BCR is suitable for remote application and can potentially be implemented with minimal operation and maintenance. This project will produce a Web-based technical and regulatory guidance document and Internet-based training course describing the application, limitations, regulatory barriers, and best practices for using BCRs.