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National Mine Reclamation Award

1995 Award for New York Gravel Mine

T.H.Kinsella, Inc. was honored in 1995 for excellent reclamation of the Galster Sand and Gravel Pit by being the first New York recipient of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's annual national reclamation award.

Approximately 36 acres, 20 feet deep, were excavated for gravel above and below the water table at the pit. Kinsella instituted procedures to protect the environment surrounding the pit, stockpiled topsoil to allow for re-vegetation of all disturbed areas, and created a lake from the exposed aquifer. Huge boulders were saved and, along with heavy timber posts, provide barricades in specified areas.

The Galster Pit is located in the Town of Manlius in Onondaga County. The lake is a limited recreational facility for fishing and canoeing by small groups. A decked waterfront area is ideal for picnics, volleyball, golf and other activities. The reclamation also created an oasis for wildlife such as ducks, geese, blue herons, fox, raccoons, skunks, weasels, deer, wild turkeys, and pheasants.

Galster Pit from the air before reclamation
Galster Pit from the air before reclamation
Galster Pit from the air after reclamation
Galster Pit from the air after reclamation

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