Net Benefit for the Environment
Removing and processing mine waste, which currently leaches into groundwater and surface water, and restoring those areas to pre-mining conditions will result in a net overall benefit to the environment. Here’s how it helps:
Improves water quality and health of the upper Arkansas River and surrounding habitat.
Removes unsightly mine waste and slag from the environment and restores the land to more natural conditions.
Creates natural spaces for wildlife.
Serves as a model for the responsible clean-up of other historic mining districts.