Poison Water

Mine/Site name: Poison Creek

State: Queensland

Status: Polluted Creek from Montalbion Silver Mine

Brief info about history/legacy:

We heard of this ‘legendary’ polluted creek just west of Irvinebank – even known as “Poison Water”.

The extreme pollution from acid mine drainage (AMD) appears to be associated with the long abandoned Montalbion mine, located nearby on an elevated ridge. Based on visual observations, the pollution appears to be very episodic, related to storm events flushing more pollution into the creek. The pH was a strongly acidic 3.3.