A successfully reclaimed mine site in Rock Island, southeast of Wenatchee, now has a beautiful second life as an orchard. DNR surface mining specialists performed their final inspection of the former sand pit in early December 2012 and determined that it met the reclamation standards of the state’s surface mining law (RCW 78.44). Now it is an especially nice orchard overlooking the mighty Columbia River.
DNR regulates mine reclamation, which includes reviewing plans and issuing reclamation permits under the state’s Surface Mining Act (approvals of mine sites and operations are under the jurisdiction of local governments and other agencies).
Read more about geology and earth resources in the Washington State Geology News published by DNR.
Locate active surface mines and other earth resource operations on an interactive state map.
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