201008 ANG august env report

tidal forests of kenya
Alcoa Earthwatch Fellowship for 2010
alcoa anglesea
2010
environment report
august
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPORT AUGUST 2010
air
Air Monitoring
Stack Monitors
Average
Maximum
Opacity g/min 10-minute average
0.057
0.339
56.18
79.48
Ambient Monitors
SO2 1 hour ppb
Average
Maximum
Community Centre
2
154
Primary School
3
123
Mt Ingoldsby
1
109
Scout Camp
10
167
Camp Wilkin
1
48
Camp Road
3
88
Stack SO2 kg/min 1-hour average
Licence limit 100kg/min
Ambient Monitors
SO2 Maximum 1 hour averages (ppb)
Date
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Comm Centre
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
59
5
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
8
1
0
0
0
10
40
0
0
0
0
1
2
154
Primary School
2
0
0
4
0
0
44
44
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
27
13
30
0
5
5
120
123
61
0
0
0
0
50
84
Mt Ingoldsby
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
5
70
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
109
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
16
Scout Camp
101
1
36
28
39
4
2
1
3
3
0
0
2
1
0
7
93
2
93
143
122
3
0
59
134
167
3
2
11
1
3
Camp Wilkin
1
0
0
0
2
2
3
26
5
0
0
1
0
6
1
0
2
48
2
2
3
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
43
Camp Road
7
1
1
5
0
1
27
1
4
1
1
2
3
1
1
1
35
1
23
1
14
88
37
71
74
2
1
1
2
52
19
EPA Air Quality Objective 200
Alcoa Local Standard 170
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPORT AUGUST 2010
water
Water Storage
Barwon Water storage levels for the Geelong system are at a five year high
in August.
Water discharge
ML
August
Total
Ashponds (SP1)
97
895
Mine (SP4)
0
0
Water Monitoring
11/08/2010
SP1
Ashpond
SP4
67.2% capacity. Stage 3 water restrictions apply
Mine
SP3
EPA Limit
Lab Result
4 - 10
7.5
3
Susp Solids
100
<4
100
discharge
30
<4
Colour
50
5
50
at
50
5
Aluminium
10
0.11
10
time
5.5
0.05
Iron
10
0.39
20
of
4.0
0.057
Zinc
0.4
0.17
2.0
sampling
0.3
0.059
pH
EPA Limit
Lab Result
Final
9
EPA Limit
No
5
Lab Result
9
7.3
WATER WATER USE PER MONTH (ML)
please note: mine water use is not metered, these values are estimated.
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG
Town Water
1.2
1.0
2.7
0.8
0.8
0.8
0.8
1.9
Bore Water
284
258
283
244
237
210
203
155
Mine Water
112
52
98
72
102
76
85
97
SEPT
OCT
NOV
DEC
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPORT AUGUST 2010
Alcoa Earthwatch Fellowship 2010
Background
Lisa’s Reflections
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organisation
that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and
education to promote the understanding and action necessary
for a sustainable environment.
Since 2002, the Alcoa
Foundation, in partnership with Earthwatch Institute has
provided 6,800 hours of employee volunteer support for
scientific fieldwork, while offering Alcoa employees a deeper
understanding of global environmental challenges.
Lisa reflected “I didn’t have any expectations before I left as I
know very little about Kenya or mangroves; however the
experience was more than I could have ever hoped for. I could
see the relevance of the research to climate change and what
very simple solutions mangroves can provide locally in Kenya.
Additionally I was heartened to see the host of positive side
effects caused by this Earthwatch project, including community
involvement and conservation of local resources. It was
obvious how proud the local villagers were of this project and
was a positive effect it has had on their lives. It is definitely an
experience that I will never forget. I hope to use some of the
experiences I had in Kenya to change my life at home in a
positive way – including simplifying life and being happy with
what we have”.
Each year 15 employees are chosen to participate in ecological
research projects around the world. For the first time this year,
the Alcoa Foundation also provided 12 Earthwatch Community
Fellowships for local leaders from Alcoa communities. Alcoa
Anglesea was lucky to have two successful applicants to the
program this year – employee Lisa Mills and Surf Coast Shire
Environmental Manager Rowan MacKenzie.
Tidal Forests of Kenya 2010
Lisa and Rowan headed off to Gazi Bay in southern Kenya to
participate in the Tidal Forests of Kenya expedition. The team
of 5 Alcoa employees, 2 community fellows and 5 Kenyan
scientists conducted important research into the carbon cycle in
mangroves and how we might use these ecosystems to
sequester carbon and help mitigate climate change. Additional
objectives included mangrove reforestation in order to sustain
the supply of mangrove wood for local construction and fire
wood, to protect mangroves as fishery nurseries for the local
fishery industry and to provide an opportunity for community
involvement in local mangrove conservation projects.
PLANT OF THE ANGLESEA HEATH
HAZEL POMADERRIS (Pomaderris aspera)
Pomaderris...from Greek poma, lid, and derris, skin/ fur/
leather covering, alluding to membranous capsule
covering, in some species
aspera... from asper meaning rough
Size:
Habitat:
Form:
Foliage:
Flowers:
3-12m H x 2-4m W
wet, damp and valley sclerophyll
forest, riparian scrub
slender leafy shrub or small tree
large, soft lanceolate leaves to
140mm long; dark green above, paler
below with pinkish brown hairs and
brown veins
masses of yellow-green flowers in
terminal sprays
October – December
Aborigines used the wood of this tree to make spears
and pegs to stretch animal skins.
Alcoa volunteers tree planting at the local
KAG School.
Lisa Mills, Joseph Lang’at and Rowan
MacKenzie in Gazi village.
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPORT AUGUST 2010
LAND
RAINFALL (mm)
Long Term Average
2010 Rainfall
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG
42.9
41.6
40.2
51.9
59.9
59.1
63.0
65.8
5.0
67.0
63.0
57.0
30.2
71.8
47.4
121.2
SEPT
OCT
NOV
DEC
WATER
TOWN WATER USE (ML/month)
2000
2009
2010
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
Amenity Water Use
1.0
0.2
0.3
0.1
0.1
1.7
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
Process Water use
2.0
1.1
0.6
1.1
0.9
1.1
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
1.8
SEP
OCT
NOV
AIR
GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) TOTAL (Mt) & GHG EMISSION EFFICIENCY (t/mwH)
GHG t
GHG t/MWh
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
f orecast
1227846
1265103
1504860
1448793
1468098
1309674
1491486
1396713
1452351
1361632
1464039
1.24
1.19
1.21
1.21
1.20
1.21
1.20
1.18
1.23
1.22
1.21
DEC
ANGLESEA ENVIRONMENT REPORT AUGUST 2010
environmental improvement
Environmental Management Targets
August
2010 Total
2010 Forecast
2010 Target
Reportable Environmental Incidents
0
0
0
0
Env Near Miss vs Env Incident Run Rate (ratio)
3
4
4
2.5
100
100
100
90
August
2010 Total
2010 Forecast
2010 Target
Ambient SO2 (no. readings > 200ppb)
0
0
0
0
Stack SO2 (no. hrs > 100kg/min)
0
0
0
0
SO2 Load Reductions (lost MWh)
29
127
191
NA
1.22
1.21
1.21
1.20
0
0
0
0
August
2010 Total
2010 Forecast
2010 Target
Town Water (ML)
1.9
9.9
14.3
14.2
Bore Water (ML)
155
1874
2810
4000
Waste Targets
August
2010 Total
2010 Forecast
2010 Target
Waste to Landfill (t)
0
3.3
5.0
8
Solid Prescribed Waste to Landfill (t)
0
0
0
0
Monthly EHS ASAT Audit Completion (%)
Air Emission Targets
GHG Efficiency (t CO2 e/MWh)
Opacity (10 min av > 0.25g/m3 norm ops)
Water Targets
Mine Rehabilitation Targets
2010 Total
2010 Area to Clear (ha)
3.1
2010 Area to Rehabilitate (ha)
5.4
OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR COMMUNITY
Hi Rowan. What prompted you to apply for the Earthwatch
Community Fellowship?
Over the years I had heard about other Alcoa Earthwatch
Fellow’s experiences and was impressed. At the same time I
wanted to do something hands on and practical for the
environment and meet some other like-minded people.
What was the best part of the Tidal Forests of Kenya
project?
It was definitely getting to know the other Earthwatch Fellows,
Gazi Bay scientists and villagers. However, the beautiful tidal
forests, white sandy beaches, tropical climate, great food, and
palm trees were not bad either! I even enjoyed counting crabs
and snails for hours on end in the mangrove mud!
What will you take away from this experience?
A new perspective on how people can live their lives in a way
that is much more integrated with the natural world. I have
been inspired that projects can start small, but if they genuinely
seek to meet the interests of the community, business and the
environment, then they can grow into really substantial and
important programs that can influence people from across the
world.
I am extremely grateful to Alcoa for this experience and I hope
that it can continue for other staff and community members.
SURF COAST
SHIRE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER
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