The Watershed Reclamation Project is working in conjunction with the Heritage Trust for Environmental Regeneration to reclaim mercury and lead toxins from mined lands.
Beginning in the Yukon Territory, we are researching and proving a new technology that extracts heavy metals from contaminated sites. The technology is proprietary and will be licensed world-wide to assist in cleaning up the toxic contamination of mercury and lead and other toxins that are poisoning the watersheds due to previous mining and industrial practices.
The first portable plant was tested in the field during summer (2003) with outstanding results. The second generation plant will be delivered and tested next summer. The final production model will be field operational in the summer of 2006.
We are currently working to build multiple units to be used first in North America and then to all countries. It is estimated that over 26 million pounds of mercury was used in the Sierra Nevadas alone during the California Gold Rush. According to Sierra Club biophysicist, 1 tsp. is enough to contaminate a large body of water. Up to 30% of the mercury used is lost in the mining processes. This mercury is a source of constant contamination in global watersheds everytime it rains. It is primarily why it is now unsafe to eat fish from our oceans. This cleanup must be addressed and we now have the technology and willingness to do it. It must be done and we will do it with your help.
Acid Mine Drainage is another environmentally devastating by-product of the mining process that extracts the primary ore vein and leaves the surrounding halo of sulphide bearing minerals exposed to air and water which begin the chemical reactions that introduce the acids to the environment. Fish and wildlife habitats are destroyed through altering critical pH balance of the waters. As humans, our health is also negatively affected by increasing acidification of our water supply.
Other contaminants such as cyanide, arsenic and radioactive uranium also leech into the environment causing inestimable damage.
Our ultimate goal is to return the watersheds to a pristine natural state where habitat, fisheries and wildlife can flourish. We have also begun installation of systems to purify the water within and coming from dental offices in Canada and are begining to gain support for placing our systems in US dental practices.
Increase the power of your donation. If you would like to donate to the Watershed Reclamation Project through LRI, a Canadian Corproation willÂ provide an environmental annuity fund equal to the amount of your donation. Â This is a way to increase the impact of your donated dollars. Join with us in our efforts to begin the important task of cleaning up the North American land and waters of pollution resulting from mining practices.
For more information on how you can participate in this project, contact LRI.
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