BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (BC TRCR) hosts an annual symposium that brings together professionals who work in environmental management at mines in British Columbia. The purpose of the symposium is to share results of scientific research activities designed to advance reclamation techniques. The symposium features two days of technical presentations, workshops on specific topics, and a field trip to highlight reclamation work at a nearby mine site.
2017 marks the 41st anniversary of this special BC-based organization and symposium. This year the Reclamation Symposium will be held September 18-21 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams Lake. It features a field trip on September 19 to Mount Polley Mine to learn about the reclamation work in and adjacent to Hazeltine Creek which was washed out by the tailings dam breach in 2014.
As in previous years the BC TCRC welcomes local teachers to the conference and field trip to learn about the advances in mine reclamation and current work in environmental protection, impact mitigation and remediation. This year, three teachers from three Williams Lake schools have been invited to participate. Taseko Mines, which operates the nearby Gibraltar Mines, will cover their associated conference and field trip fees. In support of this fantastic opportunity, MineralsEd will cover the costs of their substitute teachers.