January 2022

Soil Covers and Ecohydrology in Mine Reclamation in BC

Presented by the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division

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Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time: Log-in: 11:45 AM Pacific Time
Webinar: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Justin Straker, Integral Ecology Group
Credit: Eligible for 1 CE Hour of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division member: $15 + GST = $15.75

Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrant (Professional or EIT/GIT): $20 + GST = $21.00

Non-registrant of Engineers and Geoscientists BC: $25 + GST = $26.25 (Note: Non-registrants need to create an online account prior to registering for webinars. See below for more details.)

Group webinar presentation (for office environments): $45 + GST = $47.25

Students: $10 + GST = $10.50

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Note: Division membership is free in 2022. We highly encourage attendees to become a member of the Division for discounts on webinars, participation in the Division LinkedIn group, and inclusion in monthly newsletters keeping members informed of upcoming events. More information about the Division can be found here: Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division
Contact: For registration inquiries please contact Victoria Stevens at [email protected].
Important Dates: Registration will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Soil covers provide the foundation for the return of ecosystems that both support post-mining land uses and moderate water movement through the reclaimed landscape. In this webinar we will explore some developments in the current state of practice for design of soil covers for mine reclamation in BC from an ecohydrological perspective.

Reclamation of lands disturbed by mining in its current configuration in BC is a relatively new and relatively complex undertaking, involving attempts to return ecosystem traits and functions on large landscapes over long time scales. This is happening within a context of rapidly shifting physical conditions—like changing climate—and societal expectations. And there are numerous technical challenges, including two key issues:

  • BC regulations around mine reclamation require that land capability for specified land uses be restored to levels found prior to mining, but understanding how to measure this capability and demonstrate its return is difficult.
  • A key driver of mine environmental performance involves water—its movement through and interactions with the mine landscape. Thus, an important consideration in reclamation is how reclaimed landscapes moderate water cycles.


Justin Straker, M.Sc., P.Ag.

Justin is a soil scientist and forest ecologist, and a founder of the Integral Ecology Group in Duncan, British Columbia. He has over 20 years of experience in applied terrestrial ecology, with a primary focus on identifying and repairing the effects of human activities on terrestrial ecosystems. Justin has worked extensively on mine-reclamation research, design, assessment, and review projects, with experience in hard-rock, soft-rock, and oil-sands surface mines throughout Canada. His reclamation work over the last decade has concentrated on ecological (soils and vegetation) aspects of cover design, on developing improved methods for estimating hydrological regimes on reclamation sites, and on understanding the ecohydrological interactions of soils/vegetation reclamation treatments with larger hydrological cycles in mine-waste landforms.

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