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Reclamation

2016

Every mine must be reclaimed at the end of its productive life, and DMN holds significant financial security to ensure that reclamation occurs. The Department also encourages concurrent reclamation to minimize potential negative environmental impacts and to more quickly return lands affected by mining back to other productive uses. The permittee benefits from conducting concurrent reclamation in the form of reduced financial security and lower annual regulatory fees. Examples of significant reclamation projects for 2016 include:

Final Reclamation Region 7: Porter's Concrete Service - Hidden Lakes Mine

Town of Barton, Tioga County (70989)

The site was originally mined in the early 1900's and was abandoned well before the Mined Land Reclamation Law went into effect in 1975. Porter's Concrete Service permitted the site in 2011. Staff approved the final reclamation of the 11.8-acre sand and gravel mine, which was reclaimed to a pond and recreation area.

Vegetation established around pond as part of the reclamation of the Hidden Lakes Mine

Vegetation established around pond as part of the reclamation of the Hidden Lakes Mine.

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 5: Peter Paquin - Paquin Cranberry Sand Pit

Town of Bombay, Franklin County (50871)

In 2016, reclamation approval was given for five acres concurrently reclaimed at the Paquin Cranberry Sand Pit. A total of 14 acres have been approved as reclaimed to cranberry bogs within the 20-acre life of mine.

On the left, reclaimed cranberry bog. On the right, close-up view of ripe cranberries.

On the left, reclaimed cranberry bog. On the right, close-up view of ripe cranberries.

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 4: William J. Hammersmith - Hammersmith Gravel Mine

Town of Berlin, Rensselaer County (40843)

About 4.8 acres were concurrently reclaimed to open grassland and cornfield. The Department continues to encourage concurrent reclamation as a means of reducing the environmental impacts of mining as well as the costs for the permittee.

Area of concurrent reclamation at the Hammersmith Mine
Area of concurrent reclamation at the Hammersmith Mine.

Final Reclamation - Region 6: Town of Steuben - Jones Road Mine

Town of Remsen, Oneida County (60512)

The town of Steuben operated the 5-acre sand and gravel mine located near Jones Road since October 1986. The mine was reclaimed to meadow. Final reclamation approval was given to the site in June 2016.

Reclaimed side slope area of the Town of Steuben Mine.
Reclaimed side slope area of the Town of Steuben Mine.

Final Reclamation - Region 9: Town of East Otto - Thompson Road Gravel Pit

Town of East Otto, Cattaraugus County (90681)

Final reclamation approval was given to the nine-acre sand and gravel mine in September 2016. The site was graded and seeded to establish an open grassland reclamation objective.

On the left, final grading of slopes at Thompson Road Gravel Pit.
On the right, vegetation established as part of final reclamation of the site.

On the left, final grading of slopes at Thompson Road Gravel Pit. On the right, vegetation as established as part of final reclamation of the site.

Final Reclamation - Region 3: Dutchess Quarry and Supply Co Inc. - Shunpike Road Mine

Town of Washington, Dutchess County (30028)

In July 2016, the Department gave final reclamation approval of the 40-acre sand and gravel mine and the permittee successfully reclaimed the site to meet the open grassland reclamation objective.

Area interior to the mine before and after vegetation had been established.
Area interior to the mine before and after vegetation had been established.

Area interior to the mine before and after vegetation had been established.

Final Reclamation - Region 4: Peckham Materials - Fyke Road Quarry

Town of Catskill, Greene County (40055)

Final reclamationof the 51-acre limestone quarry was approved in May 2016. Thirty-three acres have been reclaimed to industrial use. The remaining 18 acres have been reclaimed for use as an educational site for collegiate geology students. The site will also continue to be used as a stop on field trips of geology organizations. A series of kiosks with geologic diagrams and information have been set up around the education portion of the site.

Left, close up of one of the informational kiosks. Right, a kiosk with exposed stratigraphy in the background. Left, close up of one of the informational kiosks. Right, a kiosk with exposed stratigraphy in the background.
Left, close-up of one of the informational kiosks. Right, a kiosk with exposed stratigraphy in the background.

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