Reclaiming Iowa's Surface Mine Land: Program Overview, 2022

(2022) Reclaiming Iowa's Surface Mine Land: Program Overview, 2022. Agriculture and Land Stewardship


File Size:936kB


The Iowa Abandoned Mine Land (AML) program strives to return mined land back to its pre-mining condition using federal dollars from active coal mining across the country. Iowa’s abandoned mine sites are surface coal mines that were stripped of their topsoil and overburden to expose the underlying coal. Mining operations that ceased before 1977 had no provisions to reclaim the now heavily disturbed land. There are 300+ abandoned coal mines totaling over 13,000 acres in the AML inventory, located mostly in the southeastern part of the state. This is an information sheet about Iowa's mine land produced by the Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Soil, Agricultural, Land Stewardship, Mine
Subjects: Agriculture and food production
Agriculture and food production > Farmlands
ID Code: 43792
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2023 16:52
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 16:52