“Successful reclamation means the restoration of all areas disturbed by mining activities including aspects of the mine itself, waste disposal areas, buildings, and roads and utility corridors. It is the product of thorough planning and execution of a well conceived reclamation plan. Restoration means returning of the site to a condition that minimizes erosion and sedimentation, supports productive and diverse plant and animal communities and allows for the desired post-mining land use.”

Thus begins the Wisconsin Mining Information Fact Sheet Reclamation and long-Term Care Requirements for Metallic Mining Sites in Wisconsin. This fact sheet and the following can be accessed at this link.

  • The Permitting Process for a Metallic Mineral Mine.
  • How the Department of Natural Resources Regulates Metallic Mining.
  • Protecting Groundwater at Metallic Mining Sites.
  • Local Decisions in Metallic Mining Projects.
  • Addressing Public Concerns with Wisconsin’s Laws Regarding Metallic Mining.
  • Wisconsin’s Net Proceeds Tax on Metallic Mining and Distribution of Funds to Municipalities.
  • Cumulative Impacts of Metallic Mining Developments in Northern Wisconsin.

Taken together, these fact sheets present an interesting survey of mining activities and requirements in a state not normally thought of as a leading mining community. Thankfully the fact sheets are brief, but informative. For example the fact sheet that is the subject of this piece manages in a mere seven pages to summarize all the relevant issues involved in mine reclamation, setting out the basic requirements for a Mine Reclamation Plan. Take a look at this for a basic check list.