Surface Reclamation Techniques 1: Topsoil, Hydrology and Topography

Surface Reclamation Techniques 1: Topsoil, Hydrology and Topography

Areas of Study: Environment and Community

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This course presents economical and successful reclamation techniques that have survived the test of practical application. Topics include topsoil salvage and replacement, hydrologic control structures, reconstruction and monitoring of hydrologic features, and reconstruction of topography. It is the first in a suite of three courses on Surface Reclamation Techniques.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 15 hours

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  • Completion:
  • 30 days
  • CEUs:
  • 1.5 (15 PDHs)

Course Summary

Introduction

Reclamation technology has expanded from its original agricultural roots to embrace hydrology, wildlife and compliance. Reclamation science has responded to legal requirements, reconstruction of endangered habitats, revitalization of damaged environmental systems, and establishment of wetlands. Reclamation methods are used to minimize the impact of human development from surface mining, as well as in housing subdivisions, on ski slopes, and in highway reconstruction.

This course presents economical and successful reclamation techniques that have survived the test of practical application. Many of the techniques are a cumulation of scientific studies and practical experience. It is the authors' hope that the distribution of these techniques will positively affect not only the reclamation of surface mined lands, but will also be of potential service in many reclamation fields.

This course is the first in a suite of three courses that focus on reclamation of surface coal mining areas, however the techniques presented are generally applicable to surface reclamation. Topics covered include topsoil salvage and replacement, hydrologic control structures, reconstruction and monitoring of hydrologic features, and reconstruction of topography. Companion titles include Wildlife Protection and Vegetation, and Postmining Land Use and Drilling Program.

Course Content

The course consists of 21 viewing sessions, presented at both summary and text levels, each representing 30 - 60 minutes of viewing content, plus supporting figures and tables, interactive review sessions, and technical references. The approximate duration of the course in terms of viewing content is 15 hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the roles of management and control of topsoil, hydrologic features and topography in environmental protection and reclamation.
  • Apply the principles learned to minimizing the environmental impact of mining and successful post-mining reclamation.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in environmental, civil or mining engineering or related discipline.

US Office of Surface Mining

The United States (US) Office of Surface Mining is now known as the US Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).