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‘Amazing work accomplishments’

September 1, 2014

Progress at Sanford Lab was the focus of an all-hands meeting last Friday. Progress with current and future experiments, progress in shaft rehabilitation and maintenance, progress in safety policies, and progress in underground construction and at the new Visitor Center. 

“I am thrilled with the team’s amazing work accomplishments and with the improvement in safety performance,” said Executive Director Mike Headley.

Here are some highlights of the many accomplishments at Sanford Lab. 

Communications Internship 2014-15

September 3, 2014

The Sanford Lab is looking for interns who are interested in video/filmmaking/documentary work, who will work with the Sanford Lab Communications Team to develop/produce documentary style videos, 3-5 minutes in length, for the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. 
The Visitor Center will cover a wide variety of topics including the historic Homestake Mining Company, the history and culture of Lead, and the physics, biology and geology experiments at Sanford Lab.
Tasks could include 

Keeping the creek healthy and happy

September 1, 2014

Don Conklin and two team members from GEI Consultants, walk slowly through a 330-foot section of Whitewood Creek. Two of them, including Conklin, carry electrofishing units on their backs. Low-voltage wands placed in the water temporarily stun the fish, which are put in a bucket then into a “holding net.” After a third sweep, the fish are counted, measured and weighed then released into the stream.  

New tank saves time, money

September 1, 2014

Since 2008, more than 4.5 billion gallons of water have been treated at Sanford Lab’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). Over half comes from underground, while the rest comes from the Grizzly Gulch tailings. Once treated, the water is  released into Gold Run Creek, which joins Whitewood Creek within a few hundred yards of the discharge pipe.

The water from the mine contains suspended solids—mostly iron, said WWTP Foreman Ken Noren. “It looks like tomato soup.” To remove the iron, the water is pumped into a sludge removal tank.