Erosion and Sediment Control

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Lessons Learned From Nearly 40 Years of Disturbed Land Reclamation

Monday, February 12
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

PDH: 1

Location: 101A

Level of Presentation: All: Suitable for a broad audience

This presentation presents the authors most hard learned lessons from over an almost 40 year career in mined land reclamation. He has had the unique opportunity to re-visit many of his past projects that were reclaimed up to 40 years previously. Some of these were erosion control and reclamation trials, where numerous methods were evaluated. The ability to see what worked and what didn't over this long span of time provides insight into what methods you might need for your next project. We think you will be surprised by the results! Regardless, you will learn something. And, if not, come anyway and teach us all something! The spirit of this presentation is one of sharing knowledge learned from the entire audience.

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Target Audience: Academic,Consultant,Contractor,Developer/Builder,Engineer,Landscape,Landscape Architect

Tom H. Williams

VP of Environmental Affairs
GRP Corporation

Mr. Williams has nearly 40 years’ experience in conducting baseline studies, analyzing environmental impacts and preparing reclamation plans for large scale development projects such as mine sites, power plants, pipelines and transmission lines. Mr. Williams is a restoration ecologist with specific expertise in the reclamation and revegetation of disturbed land, wetlands remediation, statistical analysis of vegetation, and erosion and sediment control. Mr. Williams has prepared over 55 reclamation plans for major mining projects. He has prepared reclamation plans in a number of US states, and Ireland, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Chili, Bolivia, Suriname, Madagascar, Zambia, and Indonesia, internationally. A significant number of these plans were prepared under the US National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and included addressing all of the major components and areas of the project, including wetlands/riparian areas, aquatic systems, power lines, pipelines and access roads, regardless of the main project type. In 1992 he managed the EIS and prepared the reclamation plan for a major gold mining project, which won the California Mining Association's Award for Excellence and contributed to the client’s receipt of the prestigious Dupont/Conoco Award for Environmental Leadership. In 1997 he prepared a reclamation plan to restore an abandoned mine property into exclusive mountain property. This project won an Excellence in Reclamation award from the Colorado Department of Mining and Geology. Mr. Williams was the Project Manager for the preparation of the reclamation plan for the Crown Jewel Project in Washington, which has been termed by the involved agencies “the most comprehensive reclamation plan for a gold mine ever developed.” In addition, he has managed the revision of reclamation projects, and visualized and developed innovative reclamation concepts, which have saved the owners millions of dollars over the previous designs.
Mr. Williams continues to practice restoration ecology from GRP Mineral’s office in Englewood, Colorado, USA.


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