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Reclamation

2015

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 as a means to minimize potential negative environmental impacts and to 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 2015 include:

Region 3: Tilcon Suffern Quarry Wins 2015 National Association of State Reclamationists Reclamation Award

Town of Ramapo, Rockland County (30036)

The original New York State Mined Land Reclamation Permit was issued to Plaza Materials, a subsidiary of Yonkers Contracting Company. Mining commenced at the site in 1909. The site is location in an urbanized area, and lies between the New York State Thruway to the north, the Mahwah River to the west, Avon Laboratories to the east, and railroad tracks and residential areas to the south. The site is comprised of approximately 60 acres with 38 acres under the jurisdiction of the NYS Mined Land Reclamation Law. The reclamation work that occurred was part of the long-term goal of the Town for this property, and was over and above what would have been required and accepted as basic reclamation. Additionally, Tilcon voluntarily corrected the violations of the previous owners, including over-mined areas and over-steepened slopes. All the work was done with the potential for public access and use in mind. At the time of reclamation, the Town was entering into an agreement with a developer to construct town homes on the southern upland area. The reclamation plan was modified to reflect this change in end use. In addition, the Town is currently researching the potential to utilize the quarry for flood control, as the Mahwah River typically floods the heavily populated areas to the south and into New Jersey.

The south side of the Suffern Quarry during active operations in the 1990s and in 2015
2015 photo after well was plugged showing grass growing

The south side of the Suffern Quarry during active operations in the 1990s and in 2015.

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 4: Burton F. Clark-Ploutz Mine

Town of Hamden, Delaware County (40749)

In 2015, 3.3 acres were approved as reclaimed. An additional three acres were graded and seeded in 2015 and can be considered for approval in 2016 after one freeze-thaw cycle is completed.

Reclamation at the Ploutz Mine. Prior to granting approval of final reclamation, the lighter green area behind and to the right of the vehicle in the photo will be re-inspected in 2016.
Reclamation at the Ploutz Mine. Prior to granting approval of final reclamation, the lighter green area behind and to the right of the vehicle in the photo will be re-inspected in 2016.

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 4: Polaro Sand & Gravel - Polaro Construction Mine

Town of Hamden, Delaware County (40841)

About 2.5 acres were concurrently reclaimed. 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 Polaro Mine
Area of concurrent reclamation at the Polaro Mine.

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 9: IA Construction - Lippert Gravel Mine

Town of Allegany, Cattaraugus County (90019)

During July 2015, Mined Land staff approved approximately 10.3 acres of upland lake shore reclamation associated with a 38.5-acre lake within 178.7-acre life of mine at the subject site. The western portion of the lake had been excavated decades ago. IA Construction has been leasing the land from a private owner since approximately 1990 for the mining of sand and gravel. In total, 48.8 acres (including the lake and upland adjacent areas) will now be available for use by the current owner as a private recreation lake, wildlife habitat, and personal sanctuary.

Concurrent reclamation along the lake at the IA Construction mine.
Concurrent reclamation along the lake at the IA Construction mine.

Concurrent Reclamation - Region 9: Little Valley Sand and Gravel - Main Mine

Town of New Albion, Cattaraugus County (90098)

Mined Land staff approved concurrent reclamation in 14.43 additional acres of shoreline, pond, and agricultural uplands; bringing the total reclaimed area to 28.8 acres within the 44.8-acre area permitted to be affected over the life of the mine. Earlier in 2015, 9.67 acres were approved, but additional work was required prior to approval of the remainder of the acreage. The agricultural portion was planted to hay and clover in 2015, and has been harvested.

On the left, reclaimed pond slopes at Little Valley Sand and Gravel, on the right the reclaimed western area of the pond at Little Valley.
On the left, reclaimed pond slopes at Little Valley Sand and Gravel, on the right the reclaimed western area of the pond at Little Valley.

On the left, reclaimed pond slopes at Little Valley Sand and Gravel, on the right the reclaimed western area of the pond at Little Valley.

Final Reclamation - Region 3: Frog Hollow Development Mine

Town of Beekmantown, Dutchess County (30173)

The 27-acre life of mine area was successfully reclaimed and returned to agricultural use which includes a 2.5-acre pond. The remaining reclaimed acreage (24+ acres) is used as agricultural cropland rotating between corn and hay crops.

The pond area at the Frog Hollow mine during active operations (left) and after reclamation (right)
The pond area at the Frog Hollow mine during active operations (left) and after reclamation (right)

The pond area at the Frog Hollow mine during active operations (left) and after reclamation (right)

Final Reclamation - Region 5: Douglas Rushford-Seymour Mine

Town of Beekmantown, Clinton County (50360)

Final reclamationof the 26-acre sand and gravel mine was approved in July 2015. Reclamation of 21 acres had been previously performed and approved. The remaining five acres were reclaimed to grassland.

Area revegetated to grassland at the Rushford Mine
Area revegetated to grassland at the Rushford Mine.

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