The Role of GIS in Nonmetallic Reclamation Programs

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) there are an estimated 2500 nonmetallic mines found throughout the state.  The raw materials mined meet local and regional construction and landscaping needs as well as provide for industrial and manufacturing processes globally.  Needs and demands for the materials fluctuate but what happens after there are no materials left or it is no longer economically feasible to operate the mine?  All mines must have reclamation plans created to ensure that the site can be reclaimed after mining activities have ceased.  Nonmetallic mining is regulated by county and local zoning while reclamation, storm water management, and air quality are governed by the DNR.  GIS can be a valuable tool to assist county staff in their role monitoring the nonmetallic mining industry.

Whelan Nonmetallic Mining Site in the Town of Walworth

Whelan Nonmetallic Mining Site in the Town of Walworth Before Reclamation Activities


Fay Amerson, Urban Conservation Specialist, Land Use and Resource Management Department of Walworth County will be presenting GIS integration in Walworth County’s Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation Program at the WLIA Spring Regional Meeting at Lake Lawn Resort in Delevan, WI, on Friday June 1st.  Fay along with co-worker Chris Rieck will share how they incorporate Drones and Energov by Tyler Technologies to assist them and notify mining site operators, the public, and elected officials regarding the 23 nonmetallic mining sites that are monitored for compliance with reclamation requirements.




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