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
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
Deep-water silt curtain (metal fence posts and top cable) as
appropriate was installed in deep water.