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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Surface Mine Hydrology Research
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A 7-year, $3 million project was conducted that documented and quantified the profound effects of large-area land disturbances due to mining for coal and reclamation of disturbed areas upon surface- and ground-water hydrology and water quality, and sedimentation. This was the first comprehensive study undertaken of the effects of mining and reclamation on hydrology and water quality on the watershed scale at dissimilar sites, and through today it remains as the only such study in the world. Results from this project have been used by State and Federal regulatory agencies to develop regulations, by private consultants and mining companies for design purposes, by university classes, and by State regulators as a basis for revising regulations. 

Last Modified: 10/16/2005
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