For many of us spring break means kicking back, sleeping in, and maybe heading out of town but for facilities and maintenance crews that work for Lawrence public schools, spring break means putting it into high gear and getting some work done.
Geologist Jim McCauley of the Kansas Geological Survey discusses the history of lead, zinc and coal mining in southeast Kansas and describes the types of coals found in the state. McCauley also describes the coal mines themselves, his journey into a former mine and the impact of mining on the water.
Former miner Walter Wettstein shares his first-hand experiences of life inside a Kansas coal mine. Wettstein describes his father's stories from the mines as well as his own which began when he was sent below at age 12. He also describes the daily life of miners, loyalty to the union, the dire perils of mining and mining methods of his day.
Dave Drake, EPA Region 7 Project Manager, briefly describes the EPA cleanup process in southeast Kansas, including gathering public comments, contracting for the cleanup and the actual remediation of sites.