Land Reclamation efforts in Henry County will help public safety issues and improve water quality

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-210 For Immediate Release: July 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 28, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will oversee land reclamation efforts in Henry County to help eliminate public safety issues that might occur and improve water quality. The West Montrose Reclamation Project will reclaim approximately 63 acres of abandoned coal mine lands near Montrose in Henry County that were surface mined in the 1950s. 

The proposed project calls for backfilling one dangerous highwall located adjacent to a county road and grading and revegetating approximately 63 acres of dangerous piles and embankments and spoil piles to eliminate the public safety threat.  Additionally, the reclamation is expected to improve water quality by reducing the amount of acid-forming sediment that erodes into the nearby impoundments. 

The reclamation site is located on private property and poses a safety hazard to the landowner and area residents that frequently travel this route.  The site is located approximately one mile west and a half mile north of Montrose, on County Road SW700. 

The Department and the Missouri Land Reclamation Commission recently awarded a $735,615 construction contract to Hale Fencing and Bobcat Services LLC located in Henley to perform the reclamation.  The expected completion date for the project is March 11, 2010.

Funds for this project come from a surcharge on each ton of coal mined in the United States, as authorized by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977.  Funds are collected by the U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining and are disbursed to state and tribal abandoned mine land programs. 

For more information on this or other land reclamation issues, contact the Department's Land Reclamation Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4041 or visit the Web at