Integrated geoecological assessment of water bodies in large-scale coal mining areas in Kuzbass

Kuzbass is one of the biggest industrial regions in Russia. The key industries in the region are coal mining, metallurgy, chemical industry, machine building and power engineering. Consequently, the region is faced with environmental degradation, including water pollution. The major sources of water pollution are agriculture, industry and population. Fertilizers and pesticides used in agriculture are washed out to water bodies with atmospheric fallouts. Industrial plants discharge chemically contaminated waste water in water bodies, and also release air pollutants which then precipitate on underlying terrain and go to water bodies with rainfall. Population has great impact on water quality, too: lots and lots of impurities are discharged to water bodies via sanitary piping or directly as is common in rural areas. This article proposes a new approach to integrated assessment of anthropogenic load on water bodies from the above listed sources. A case study of the anthropogenic load assessment in the basins of the rivers Taidon, as well as Upper, Middle and Lower Ters in the Kemerovo region is presented. The calculated load is compared with the association indices of water quality in the listed rivers.

Keywords: water bodies, river basin, ingredients, contaminant fallout, water quality assessment, pollution, pollution sources, effluents, surface water.
For citation:

Potapov V. P., Schastlivtsev E. L., Bykov A. A., Yukina N. I. Integrated geoecological assessment of water bodies in large-scale coal mining areas in Kuzbass. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2020;(11):151-165. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-11-0-151-165.

Issue number: 11
Year: 2020
Page number: 151-165
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.5: 504.4.054
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2020-11-0-151-165
Article receipt date: 16.10.2019
Date of review receipt: 21.08.2020
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.10.2020
About authors:

V.P. Potapov1, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, Director, e-mail:,
E.L. Schastlivtsev1, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Head of Laboratory, e-mail:,
A.A. Bykov1, Cand. Sci. (Phys. Mathem.), Senior Researcher, e-mail:,
N.I. Yukina1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Researcher, e-mail:,
1 Federal Research Center for Information and Computing Technologies, Kemerovo Branch, 650993, Kemerovo, Russia.


For contacts:

N.I. Yukina, e-mail:


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