Mine Lakes Consulting Services offers

3 main areas of specialisation

Pit lakes

Pit lakes are Mine Lakes Consulting’s forte with comprehensive approval and planning advice on all or part of mine closure projects involving mine pit lakes as final landforms.

Mine rehabilitation and closure planning

Mine Lakes Consulting have international experience with closure planning and rehabilitation of all final mining landforms including waste landforms and other disturbance rehabilitations.

Aquatic ecosystems

Mine Lakes Consulting can provide whole aquatic ecosystem assessment and management advice.

Pit Lakes

Pit lakes are MLC’s forte with comprehensive planning advice on all or even part of mine closure projects with a pit lake as a final landform.

  • Strategic pit lake closure planning
    • To corporate, state, national and international guidelines
    • Support and review
  • Third party technical review and expert support of closure projects involving pit lakes
  • Stakeholder engagement
    • Presentations and workshops to community members, regulators, industry-peers
  • Sampling and monitoring of pit lake water across entire water column
    • Analysis and reporting of pit lake water quality across entire water column
    • Drone (UAV) remote water quality sampling and water column profiling.
  • Aquatic biota
    • Sampling and reporting: macroinvertebrates, diatoms, zooplankton, phytoplankton, etc.
    • Drone (UAV) remote water quality sampling
  • Development of site-specific water quality guidelines
  • Ecological risk (ERA) assessment of pit lakes
  • Beneficial end use development and pit lake re-purposing
  • Mine water research: studies and trials
  • Numerical modelling of pit lake
    • water balance
    • water quality
    • stratification
    • wave erosion
  • Case studies
    • Literature reviews and case studies from our extensive pit lake database, industry connections and project history

Mine rehabilitation and closure planning

MLC have international experience with closure planning and rehabilitation of all final mining landforms.

  • Mine closure planning to state, national and international guidelines
  • Closure risk assessment to ASNZ standards
  • Multi-criteria analysis (MCA) of closure options involving pit lakes
  • Final landform design and rehabilitation advice
  • Mine water impact mitigation
  • Pre-acquisition due diligence
  • Environmental impact assessment and management planning
  • Modelling of pit lake water balance, water quality, stratification and wave erosion
  • Stakeholder engagement; presentations and workshops

Aquatic ecosystems

MLC can provide whole aquatic ecosystem sampling, analysis, reporting and management advice.

  • Water quality compliance reporting
  • Water quality sampling, analysis and reporting
  • Aquatic biota sampling and reporting: macroinvertebrates, diatoms, zooplankton, phytoplankton, etc.
  • Development of site-specific water quality guidelines
  • Managing aquatic biota translocations
  • River diversions assessment and management
  • Ecological risk (ERA) assessment
  • Ecotoxicological assessment and site-specific guideline (SSGV) value development to ANZG (2018) guidance
  • Water mixing zone definition