publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Benthic Communities of Low-Order Streams Affected by Acid Mine Drainages: A Case Study from Central Europe

Svitok, Marek; Novikmec, Milan; Bitušík, Peter; Máša, Branislav; Oboňa, Jozef; Očadlík, Miroslav; Michalková, Eva;
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  • Published: 01 May 2014 Journal: Water (issn: 2073-4441, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
Only little attention has been paid to the impact of acid mine drainages (AMD) on aquatic ecosystems in Central Europe. In this study, we investigate the physico-chemical properties of low-order streams and the response of benthic invertebrates to AMD pollution in the Banská Štiavnica mining region (Slovakia). The studied streams showed typical signs of mine drainage pollution: higher conductivity, elevated iron, aluminum, zinc and copper loads and accumulations of ferric precipitates. Electric conductivity correlated strongly with most of the investigated elements (weighted mean absolute correlation = 0.95) and, therefore, can be recommended as a good proxy in...
Subjects
mesheuropmc: eye diseases
free text keywords: headwater streams, Banská Štiavnica, benthos, Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes, TD201-500, heavy metals, TC1-978, water pollution, Hydraulic engineering, Slovakia
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Cherry, D.S.; Currie, R.J.; Soucek, D.J.; Latimer, H.A.; Trent, G.C. An integrative assessment of a watershed impacted by abandoned mine land discharges. Environ. Pollut. 2001, 111, 377-388.

Niyogi, D.K.; Lewis, W.M., Jr.; McKnight, D.M. Effects of stress from mine drainage on diversity, biomass, and function of primary producers in mountain streams. Ecosystems 2002, 5, 554-567.

Bray, J.P.; Broady, P.A.; Niyogi, D.K.; Harding, J.S. Periphyton communities in New Zealand streams impacted by acid mine drainage. Marine Freshw. Res. 2008, 59, 1084-1091.

De La Peña, S.; Barreiro, R. Biomonitoring acidic drainage impact in a complex setting using periphyton. Environ. Monit. Assess. 2009, 150, 351-363.

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Thorp, V.J.; Lake, P.S. Pollution of a Tasmanian river by mine efluents. II. Distribution of macroinvertebrates. Int. Rev. Ges. Hydrobiol. 1973, 58, 885-892.

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Kiffney, P.M.; Clements, W.H. Effects of metals on stream macroinvertebrate assemblages from different altitudes. Ecol. Appl. 1996, 6, 472-481.

Malmqvist, B.; Hoffsten, P.O. Influence of drainage from old mine deposits on benthic macroinvertebrates in central Swedish streams. Water Res. 1999, 33, 2415-2423.

Pollut. 2008, 155, 31-40.

Vuori, K.M. Direct and indirect effects of iron on river ecosystems. Ann. Zool. Fenn. 1995, 32, 317-329.

An assessment of structural attributes and ecosystem function in restored Virginia coalfield streams. Hydrobiologia 2011, 671, 51-63.

112 references, page 1 of 8
Abstract
Only little attention has been paid to the impact of acid mine drainages (AMD) on aquatic ecosystems in Central Europe. In this study, we investigate the physico-chemical properties of low-order streams and the response of benthic invertebrates to AMD pollution in the Banská Štiavnica mining region (Slovakia). The studied streams showed typical signs of mine drainage pollution: higher conductivity, elevated iron, aluminum, zinc and copper loads and accumulations of ferric precipitates. Electric conductivity correlated strongly with most of the investigated elements (weighted mean absolute correlation = 0.95) and, therefore, can be recommended as a good proxy in...
Subjects
mesheuropmc: eye diseases
free text keywords: headwater streams, Banská Štiavnica, benthos, Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes, TD201-500, heavy metals, TC1-978, water pollution, Hydraulic engineering, Slovakia
Related Organizations
112 references, page 1 of 8

Kelly, M. Mining and the Freshwater Environment; Elsevier Applied Science: London, UK, 2008; p. 228.

Boult, S.; Collins, D.N.; White, K.N.; Curtis, C.D. Metal transport in a stream polluted by acid mine drainage-The Afon Goch, Anglesey, UK. Environ. Pollut. 1994, 84, 279-284.

Alpers, C.N.; Blowes, D.W. Environmental Geochemistry of Sulfide Oxidation; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, USA, 1994; p. 681.

Cherry, D.S.; Currie, R.J.; Soucek, D.J.; Latimer, H.A.; Trent, G.C. An integrative assessment of a watershed impacted by abandoned mine land discharges. Environ. Pollut. 2001, 111, 377-388.

Niyogi, D.K.; Lewis, W.M., Jr.; McKnight, D.M. Effects of stress from mine drainage on diversity, biomass, and function of primary producers in mountain streams. Ecosystems 2002, 5, 554-567.

Bray, J.P.; Broady, P.A.; Niyogi, D.K.; Harding, J.S. Periphyton communities in New Zealand streams impacted by acid mine drainage. Marine Freshw. Res. 2008, 59, 1084-1091.

De La Peña, S.; Barreiro, R. Biomonitoring acidic drainage impact in a complex setting using periphyton. Environ. Monit. Assess. 2009, 150, 351-363.

Hynes, H.B. The Biology of Polluted Waters; Liverpool University Press: Liverpool, UK, 1960; p. 202.

Thorp, V.J.; Lake, P.S. Pollution of a Tasmanian river by mine efluents. II. Distribution of macroinvertebrates. Int. Rev. Ges. Hydrobiol. 1973, 58, 885-892.

Rosenberg, D.M.; Resh, V.H. Freshwater Biomonitoring and Benthic Macroinvertebrates; Chapman and Hall: New York, NY, USA, 1993; p. 488.

Kiffney, P.M.; Clements, W.H. Effects of metals on stream macroinvertebrate assemblages from different altitudes. Ecol. Appl. 1996, 6, 472-481.

Malmqvist, B.; Hoffsten, P.O. Influence of drainage from old mine deposits on benthic macroinvertebrates in central Swedish streams. Water Res. 1999, 33, 2415-2423.

Pollut. 2008, 155, 31-40.

Vuori, K.M. Direct and indirect effects of iron on river ecosystems. Ann. Zool. Fenn. 1995, 32, 317-329.

An assessment of structural attributes and ecosystem function in restored Virginia coalfield streams. Hydrobiologia 2011, 671, 51-63.

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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Benthic Communities of Low-Order Streams Affected by Acid Mine Drainages: A Case Study from Central Europe

Svitok, Marek; Novikmec, Milan; Bitušík, Peter; Máša, Branislav; Oboňa, Jozef; Očadlík, Miroslav; Michalková, Eva;