Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation

About AML

Overview and History

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands & Reclamation of West Virginia oversees and facilitates the resolving of public safety issues as mine fires & subsidence, hazardous highwalls, mining-impacted water supplies, open shafts and portals, and other dangers resulting from mining before 1977. Such practices were established by the Surface Mining and Control Act and the creation of the Office of AML&R in 1981. The Office of Surface Mining provides oversight to the Office of AML&R.

Learn more about the history of the Abandoned Mine Lands program.

Inception and Mission

Our mission is to protect public health, safety, and property from past coal mining and enhance the environment through reclamation and restoration of land and water resources.

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands & Reclamation was created in 1981 to manage the reclamation of lands and waters affected by mining prior to passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) in 1977.

The AML program is funded by a fee placed on coal, currently set at 28 cents per ton for surface-mined coal, and 12 cents per ton for coal mined underground.

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Contact Us

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 414-1188
Fax: (304) 926-0458

AML Projects

To bid on AML projects, the contractor/entity in question must be a registered vendor in the state of West Virginia and attend the mandatory pre-bid attached to each project. For a list of current projects, you may view projects out for bid; these are usually updated every Friday or Monday.

AML Project Resources

  • Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program

    The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation Economic Revitalization (AMLER) Program administers federal funding for economic development projects on abandoned mine lands. This program helps projects located on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) on Aug. 3, 1977.

  • Eligibility & Priority

    The Surface Mining Control & Reclamation Act (SMCRA) defines bodies of land and waters which are eligible for reclamation per 875.12 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • In-Stream Dosing Presentation

    Presentation of WV AML In-Stream Dosing for Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage

  • Guide for the Preparation of Reclamation Designs

    The Design Section of AML intends to provide as much standardization of drawing details and specifications, both in format and in substance, as possible. To that end, AML has developed this guide for the preparation of reclamation designs utilizing standard details and specifications.

  • Recognized Projects

    Reclamation projects recognized by the Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation

  • Three Fork Creek Restoration

    A pilot project known as Three Forks Watershed Restoration was initiated with the construction of four (4) dosers in the spring of 2011.

  • View Projects Out for Bid

    On June 6, 2016, Senate Bill 474 became effective which exempts DEP’s construction and reclamation projects from the requirement of review by the WV Division of Purchasing. This site is to provide information related to bidding opportunities and project specific information and requirements to the vendor community.

  • WV AML In-Stream Dosing for Treatment of AMD

    West Virginia has historically attempted to abate Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) through passive treatment. Since the inception of the West Virginia Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation (AML) program, dozens of passive treatment systems have been constructed throughout the state. Constantly looking for an effective means of treating AMD, the WV AML program constructed numerous variations of passive treatment systems, which varied from a simple limestone channel to combinations of Anoxic Limestone Drains (ALD) and Successive Alkaline Producing Systems (SAPS). While the majority of these systems initially improved water quality, these sites often reverted to pre-treatment conditions after just a few years.

Notice of Public Meetings for Upcoming AML Projects

Public meetings will be conducted to describe proposed Abandoned Mine Land reclamation projects, which have as their objective the alleviation of health, safety and environmental problems created by coal mines abandoned prior to August 3, 1977. Information regarding these projects, including required NEPA documentation, can be obtained from the WVDEP at 304-926-0485.

These projects will be submitted to the Federal Office of Surface Mining for funding consideration. Public meetings to explain the projects will be conducted as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2023, Charleston- WV DEP, Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation, 601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Jeff Davis – Planning Supervisor, Southern Region, 304-414-1204.

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023, Bridgeport- WV DEP, Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation, 101 Cambridge Place, Bridgeport, WV 26330, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Contact Robert Stuart – Planning Supervisor, Northern Region, 304-848-2073.

Should you not be able to attend the above meeting(s), please contact one of the listed individuals regarding additional opportunities to discuss the project(s).

Upcoming Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Projects

The WV Office of Abandoned Mine Lands held an open house meeting in order to discuss upcoming reclamation projects to be funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) on December 13, 2022. The following presentations were created and shared by the consultants who are currently working on the design for each of the projects. There are proposals for each of the nine Design contracts. In addition, there are a number of traditional AML projects that are scheduled to bid over the next 12 months.


Contract 1

Terradon AML Projects for 2023

  • Algoma Refuse and Portals
  • Greenbrier Hollow Refuse (Phase II)
  • Drews Creek Dangerous Impoundment
  • Crany Mine Dump (Phase II)
  • Gilliam Refuse Pile
  • Crumpler (Scott) Draining Portal
  • Indian Creek (Dillon) Portals

Contract 2

RESPEC: AML Project South

  • Crown Hill Refuse, Slide, and Drainage
  • Morris Creek Treatment
  • Summerlee AMD Treatment
  • Price Hill Complex - Pond Cleaning
  • Beckley Soccer Complex
  • MacArthur Subsidience

Contract 3


  • Green Valley Highwall "D" and Refuse Piles
  • Green Valley Highwall "A" and Draining Portals
  • Brushy Meadow Creek Highwall "A"
  • Brushy Meadow Creek Highwall "B"
  • Big Run Slide and Drainage
  • Shant Branch Portals
  • Tioga Strip Highwalls

Contract 4

Alliance Consulting: AML Project South

  • Big Creek Landslide
  • Black Bottom Drainage
  • Logan County Airport UMF
  • Camp Chief Logan BSA Portals
  • Campbells Creek Drainage
  • Gun Range Road (Dials) Portals

Contract 5

Podesta: 2022 AML Contract 5 Projects - North

  • Laurel Point (Travinski) Portals
  • Left Fork of Little Sandy Subsidience
  • McAlpin (Lambert) Landslide
  • Smith Run Portal

Note: The 2022 presentation PDF is 490 MB

Contract 6

Civil Tech: AML North

  • Clarksburg (Post) Landslide
  • Fairmont Gateway Connector
  • Horner's Run Portals
  • Lick Run 5

Contract 7

D&H: AML Projects North

  • Weston (Curtis) Landslide
  • Upland Run (Harrison) AMD and Drainage

Contract 8

Civil & Environmental Consultants: 2022 AML North Projects

  • Brownton Refuse #2

Contract 9

Tetra Tech

  • Three Fork Creek Watershed Restoration Project
  • Abram Creek AMB Treatment Phase II Project
  • Richard (Shaver) Drainage Project


Church Creek, pre-reclamation, is rocky and barren.
Church Creek, Pre-AML Construction
Church Creek, post-reclamation, is now grassy and lush.
Church Creek, Post-AML Construction
Birds Creek showing evidence of Acid Mine Drainage
Birds Creek, Pre-Reclamation
Birds Creek, after AML reclamation, now runs clear.
Birds Creek, Post-Reclamation
Kempton, pre-reclamation, barren.
Kempton, Pre-Reclamation
Kempton, post-reclamation, lush and vegetated
Kempton, Post-Reclamation