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MaKailah McKinley
Asheville, NC
Reared on the prairies of Kansas, fledged on the wings of wanderlust, and beginning refinement on the wheels of academia, this up and coming environmental advocate has nothing to lose but her most valuable natural resource: integrity.
Interests: Compost, waste management, landfills, Superfund, roadkill, recycling, heavy metals, worms, heavy machinery, scavengers, trash, bioremediation (especially mycoremediation), ecology, junk, toxicology, pretty much any subject that has a bad reputation and roller derby.
Recent Activity
This video was filmed during Society of Environmental Journalists Conference tour of the Clark Fork River Superfund Site, on Oct.14, 2010, as well as during the walk with Prof. Erick Greene on Oct. 17. I edited the film on iMovie during layovers on my way home to Asheville, North Carolina. A special thanks to everyone involved with the conference, especially the video workshops. I also have my first attempt at a photo blog and will soon have an essay up from the tour on my new blog. Continue reading
This was filmed during The Society of Environmental Journalists Conference tour of the Clark Fork River Superfund Site on October 14th, 2010 and the walk with Professor Erick Greene on October 17th, 2010. I edited the film on iMovie during layovers on my way home to Asheville, North Carolina. A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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The removal of the Milltown Dam is considered a success by many locals, including biologists and EPA representatives. The project has consisted of removal of not only the dam but also the contaminated sediment, which is being moved back to Anaconda 90 miles away, where the contamination originated. Scientists say... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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Anaconda smelter stack viewed from a "slicker". The Washington Monument would easily fit inside this large structure that discharged smelter exhaust gases from 1919 to 1981. In 1986 the location was declared a state park and is now known as Anaconda Smoke Stack State Park. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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Old Works Golf Club is a golf course built on a reclaimed portion of the Superfund site. The "black sand pits" on the course consist of "slag" a bi-product from the copper smelting process. There are huge piles of slag throughout the region, it is not dangerous but has very... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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These photos were taken from the Granite Mountain Memorial it overlooks the open-pit copper mine that is still in operation in Butte, Mt. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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In the 50's, thousands of homes were removed in order to excavate for this site. This holding pit was closed in 1982, it contains arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid, the same chemicals that have created the "slickers" in near-by areas. There is still a working open-pit mine right next... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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Butte, Montana. A proud copper mining town. Home of the Berkely Pit. This is a typical neighborhood in Butte, Mt. A unique quality of Butte is how the active mining operations are a stones throw from residential areas. The townsfolk are very proud of their mining history and many have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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In Montana locals refer to the areas that are highly contaminated as "slickers". This photograph shows one of these spots. Notice the bone-white remnants of what was once a willow tree. Nothing can grow on these locations, there are no insects in there areas, they are wastelands. The soil contamination... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...
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This photograph shows several journalists and a few other folks who attended the Clark Fork River Superfund Site tour with the Society of Environmental Journalists Conference on October 14th examining a piece of contaminated land. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at A little bird told me...