ABANDONED MINE LAND AWARDS
These Office of Surface Mining's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards are presented to abandoned mine land reclamation
programs that completed exemplary reclamation. The objective is
to give public recognition to those responsible for the nation's most
outstanding achievement in land reclamation and to encourage the exchange
and transfer of successful reclamation technology. You can find more information about the awards on the Office of Surface Mining's web page at http://www.osmre.gov/programs/awards/AMLAwards.shtm.
The 2015 Abandoned
Mine Land Reclamation Awards were presented in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during
the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs' annual conference.
The awards and winners are:
National Award - NEW MEXICO
The Lake Valley Project had very challenging conditions due to the large number of dangerous mine operations, the presence of weak subsurface soil and rock, and the presence of deteriorated cribbing and near-surface underground workings. The project team utilizing creative technical solutions to address the issues on the site. Toroid tire plugs were a very innovative use of new technology utilizing material that would normally be a waste product, and geosynthetically confined soil was an affordable engineering technique that provided a reliable closure solution.
Small Project Award - COLORADO
The Lightner/Boston Coal Mine Erosion Control Project involved cooperation and input between several agencies, particularly Colorado and New Mexico, in order to achieve success. The project included the input of community member and the local college which helps spread the word about AML programs. The project also focused on detailed re-vegetation that was more labor intensive but ultimately created microclimates for vegetation, and therefore wildlife, to thrive.
Regional Award - PENNSYLVANIA
The Simpson Northeast Project in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, was a high-priority site that required a quick turn-around. The design team worked very quickly to start and finish the project and made sure to utilize various engineering methods to control water runoff and work around the freezing temperatures. The project was high-profile and was well received by the community. The design team utilized Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement resources to tackle a problem they didn't have specific experience in.
Mid-Continent Regional Award - INDIANA
The Minnehaha Slurry site in Sullivan County, Indiana, tackled unique engineering challenges. The site consolidated existing slurry material into a smaller area and stabilize the project levee through traditional earthwork and non-traditional approaches. The use of a passive bioreactor was a great use of new technologies. Geomorphic design was also included in the project and the post-construction contours were very well executed.
Click here for a list of previous AML Reclamation Award Winners
STAN BARNARD MEMORIAL
award was established by the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs in 2001 and is presented in memory of Stan Barnard
(1958-1998). It is given to an individual who exhibits Stan-like
qualities of outstanding dedication, commitment, and hard work toward
the enhancement of the Association. This award is presented at the National
Association of Abandoned Mine land Programs' annual conference. This year's
Bruce Stover - Colorado
OUSTANDING INSTRUCTOR AWARD
This award was established by the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs and was first presented in 2006 in memory
of Dave Bucknam (1941-2004). Any active or inactive state, tribal, or
federal employee designated as an instructor by the OSM National Technical
Training Program is eligible for the Dave Bucknam Outstanding Instructor
Award. This individual must exhibit the special qualities of dedication,
leadership, compassion, and commitment as epitomized by Dave Bucknam in
promoting the training of state, tribal, and federal employees. This award
is presented at the National Association of Abandoned Mine land Programs'
annual conference. This year's winner is:
Richard L. Beam - Pennsylvania
Click here for a list of previous Stan Barnard Memorial Award and Dave Bucknam Outstanding Instructor Award Winners