US Dept. of the Interior
Office of Surface Mining
Washington, DC 20240
Traditional approaches to mined land reclamation frequently disturb the stability of the existing natural landforms and add expensive and often times unnatural measures to try to fix the resulting problems. Hills and valleys are flattened out into uniform slopes or terraced to create stable land forms. Streams are often replaced by rock lined ditches or removed entirely. Due to todayís modern advances in technology it is now possible to quickly and inexpensively design stable landforms and streams that mimic both the look and the functionality of nature. Using modern design tools and the geomorphic reclamation approach itís possible to reclaim highly disturbed lands and create fully functional natural systems virtually indistinguishable from their surrounding landscapes. Steep rock lined ditches are replaced by meandering streams and uniform or terraced hillsides are replaced by slopes that look natural yet are specifically designed to efficiently convey water without excessive erosion or sediment loading.
* The Office of Surface Mining (OSM) will host two technical sessions on Geomorphic Reclamation at the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) 2013 Annual Meeting. *
PAST GEOMORPHIC RECLAMATION EVENTS
MID-CONTINENT REGION NATURAL STREAM DESIGN WORKSHOP
Mount Vernon, IL - May 17-19, 2011
Workshop Video is available on the MCR Technology Transfer CD/DVD. Contact Kimery Vories to receive a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Geomorphic Reclamation and Natural Stream Design at Coal Mines:
A Technical Interactive Forum
Holiday Inn, Bristol, Virginia, April 27-30, 2009
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