Additional Information

 

Listed below are some additional information about aggregate resources in the form of handbooks, publications, fact sheets, and external links to other organizations.

A Handbook for Reclaiming Sand and Gravel Pits in Minnesota

  • A general reference prepared by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the development of site specific mining and reclamation plans, this handbook provides technical information to landowners, county officials, and operators on reclaiming sand and gravel pits.
  • Download the handbook This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (2.9Mb)

     

State Agency Permits and Information

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of Waters
    • Water use permits - required for operations using more than 10,000 gallons per day or 1 million gallons per year of water.
  • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)
    • Wetland Regulation This link leads to an external site. - required for certain activities that impact wetlands. The Wetland Conservation Act requires that the project proposer follow a sequence of development steps that includes avoiding impacts to wetlands, minimizing unavoidable impacts, and mitigating for the loss of wetlands due to a specific regulated activity. operations using more than 10,000 gallons per day or 1 million gallons per year of water
  • Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
    • Environmental Review Guidance Documents This link leads to an external site. : Provides links and documents relating to current rules associated with environmental review.  For aggregate mining: 
      • Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is required when an aggregate mining operation of sand, gravel, stone or other nonmetallic minerals, other than peat, which will excavate 40 or more acres of land to a mean depth of 10 feet of more during its existence (4410.4300 subpart 12).
      • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required when an aggregate mining operation of sand, gravel, stone or other nonmetallic minerals, other than peat, which will excavate 160 acres of land or more to a mean depth of ten feet or more during its existence (4410.4300 subpart 9).
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources- Lands and Minerals
  • Minnesota State Law Library

Minnesota Aggregate Resource Task Force (2000)

U.S. Geological Survey Information

American Geological Institute (AGI)

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