Nonmetallic Mining

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In Wisconsin mining reclamation is the rehabilitation of disturbed areas resulting from surface mining. The main objective of reclamation is to reestablish the vegetative cover, soil stability, and water conditions at the site. Reclaimed mines may result in habitat for fish and wildlife, grazing, forestry, wetlands, recreational and commercial and industrial uses.

Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 295 Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation; Oil and Gas (PDF) enabled the Department of Natural Resources to establish Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter NR 135 Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation (PDF). The goal of NR 135 is to provide a framework for statewide regulation of nonmetallic mining reclamation.  The Fond du Lac County Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation Ordinance - Chapter 36 became effective on June 1, 2001.  The ordinance applies to operators of nonmetallic mining sites within Fond du Lac County operating on or after August 21, 2001.

The Fond du Lac County Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance requires mining operators to obtain a reclamation permit through the county.  In order to obtain a nonmetallic mining reclamation permit a mining operator is required to submit a reclamation plan and post financial assurance to ensure reclamation of the site.  The reclamation plan must meet the requirements of WI Administrative code NR 135 and the Fond du Lac County Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation ordinance. 

For specific questions, or for more information, Contact:

Fond du Lac County Code Enforcement

160 South Macy St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: (920) 929-3139
Fax: (920) 929-7655

DNR Contact:

Tom Portle
Waste Management Specialist
(608) 267-0877
thomas.portle@wisconsin.gov