Surface and underground mining dewatering operations may alter natural groundwater and surface water flow systems. Such operations require specialized water-handling procedures to minimize impacts in areas underlain by solution-prone carbonate rocks (e.g., limestone quarries) and underground mine pools/voids and adjacent to sensitive surface water features. The interaction of mining operations with surface water resources and underlying groundwater flow systems is complex, resulting in additional regulatory scrutiny. To address these regulatory concerns, innovative technical approaches to mine planning are often required to minimize impacts to water resources and acquire necessary mining permits.
For more than 40 years, our staff of hydrogeologists and geologists has provided professional consulting services to the mining industry that include the following.