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Today, the issue is not only protecting water sources, but also finding & permitting them.  Schreuder, Inc. provides cost-effective, creative & customized solutions to water use/reuse & environmental issues facing you.

Borrow Pit Permit & Wetland Restoration

     SI was asked to develop an annual mining plan, as well as permits and wetland restoration for a borrow pit in Polk County near SR-54.  The mine area was approximately 20 acres in size and was excavated to a depth of 31 feet below land surface.  The permitted dewatering activities associated with the mining operation ceased in 2003.

     Prior to beginning restoration activities at the borrow bit, the restoration plan was approved by the SWFWMD.  The SWFWMD representatives performed site visits to assure proper erosion control measures were in place prior to beginning restoration activities and properly maintained during restoration activities.

     Although not part of the Wetland Restoration Plan, due to its inclusion in the permitted Mine Reclamation Plan, the reclamation of this area was completed simultaneously with the previously discussed restoration activities.  Reclamation of the Permitted Haul Road entailed removal of the majority of the fill placed to construct the road, leaving a single-track dirt road similar in size, shape, and layout to the dirt ranch road that crossed the wetland at this location prior to the initiation of permitted activities.  Fill removed from this area was used to re-contour the interior of the southwest corner of the borrow pit; this material, along with the fill that will be removed from the “causeway” portion of Impact Area 4, will allow the construction of an access road WITHIN the permitted boundaries of the borrow pit, and OUTSIDE of the boundaries of a Jurisdictional Wetland Area.  Temporary silt fencing was installed along north and south side of haul road to prevent construction-related runoff from entering adjacent wetland.  Deep-water silt curtain (metal fence posts and top cable) as appropriate was installed in deep water. 

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