All mines must be reclaimed at the end of their productive life and the Department 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 2011 include:
Concurrent Reclamation - Region 3: Von Der Leith and Sons Mine
Town of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County (30137)
The permittee continues to pursue a program of concurrent reclamation at the site.
Panoramic view, from the North to the South, looking eastward,
of the sequential reclamation being conducted at the Von Der Leith
gravel mine. The photo shows the northern portion of the reclaimed
banks of the large pond at the site. The site's processing area is
located just beyond the material stockpile seen in the mid-left
portion of the photo.
Final Reclamation - Region 4: Hodge's Cat Hollow Mine
Town of Colchester, Delaware County
Excavation at the 37- acre sand and gravel mine ceased in 2010. A majority of the affected area has been reclaimed by the creation of a pond. The stockpiling area near the entrance will be reclaimed as soon as the remaining stockpiles of stone have been removed.
Southward view of the Cat Hollow mine in 2009 during
active mining operations.
Northward view of the Cat Hollow mine during reclamation
operations in June 2011.
Final Reclamation - Region 6: R. T. Vanderbilt
Town of Fowler, St. Lawrence County
R. T. Vanderbilt is in the process of reclaiming its Number 1 and 2 talc mines in the Town of Fowler. A recent site inspection revealed that they have reclaimed about 65 - 70 % of the mine.
Vanderbilt 1 Mine. Soil being spread on bare spots.
The Vanderbilt Number 1 mine consists largely of shallow surface workings. Site reclamation has consisted of grading, replacement of topsoil, seeding and mulching. The Vanderbilt Number 2 Mine removed a large ore body to a depth of several hundred feet and is refilling with groundwater which will result in the formation of a small lake.
View of former waste rock areas in the Vanderbilt 2
Mine. The area has been covered with soil and
seeded. Seeding occurred in 2009.
More about Reclamation:
- Mines Receiving Final Reclamation Approval During 2011 - List of all mines which received final reclamation approval during 2011.