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Title: Overview of best practices for surface erosion protection and sediment control for the development phase of surface mining for coal in northeast British Columbia
Author: Sloat, M.; Redden, R. J.
Issue Date: 2005
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2009-05-29
Series/Report no. British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium 2005
Abstract: Planning for surface erosion protection and sediment control for the development phase of recently developed surface coal mines in northeast BC has become an important part of the environmental management systems for these projects. Development of a surface mine involves significant land disturbance that typically results in increased rates of erosion and sedimentation. Planning to mitigate this impact must be proactive and integrated. The primary components of proactive planning for surface erosion protection and sediment control are completing assessments of soils and conducting overview hydrology assessments of potential surface and near-surface seepage areas. This information can be used to identify areas of higher risk for erosion and sediment generation and can be used to design a mine development plan that avoids or minimizes development of such areas if possible. Where development is unavoidable, this information can be used to design effective best practices for mitigating potential impacts resulting from a proposed mine development activity. Approaches for planning, developing, and implementing effective best practices for surface erosion protection and sediment control are presented in this paper. Examples of on the ground best practices are also provided.
Affiliation: Applied Science, Faculty of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/8467
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