Mr. White has developed reclamation plans for several areas disturbed by coal and mineral mining operations. Using site-specific topographic data, he has designed drainage alignments, profiles, and channel sections to efficiently convey runoff from the reclaimed slopes. He has also developed reclamation grading plans that balanced earthwork volumes, designed post-mining runoff- and sediment-control structures, developed topsoil and substitute topsoil redistribution plans, and developed re-vegetation plans to restore the areas to productive post-mining land uses. He has submitted this information to the appropriate regulatory agencies on behalf of his clients, and provided construction oversight during field implementation of the plans. Representative projects are summarized below.
Designed an Award-Winning Technique
Designed a surface-roughening technique applicable to the semi-arid areas of the western United States referred to as “deep gouging.” This method results in a variably roughened surface that retains precipitation on the immediate slope, thereby enhancing re-vegetation success and substantially reducing erosion potentials. Using established hydrologic calculation methods, demonstrated that sediment yields from areas reclaimed with this method are significantly reduced when compared with the same areas prior to disturbance. Using this reclamation technique, the client received the 2003 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation National Award, presented by the U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining. They were cited for
“Outstanding performance in developing and implementing exemplary mining and reclamation methods that maintained sound environmental conditions.”