What is GeoMine and what is the Interagency Appalachian GeoMine Pilot Project?
GeoMine is envisioned to be an interactive web-based digital map of coal mining and reclamation activities in the United States.
GeoMine is a web-based Viewer (GeoMine Viewer) developed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in collaboration with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), and coal mining regulatory authorities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. GeoMine supports the decision-making processes associated with surface coal mining activities by improving accessibility to data, improving the timely delivery of authoritative information, and enhancing understanding of geospatial data at various scales.
GeoMine creates seamless map layers of coal mining and reclamation activities across state boundaries. The map layers created by GeoMine include authoritative associated data, and for the seven SMCRA state layers and eleven Federal agency layers the GeoMine Viewer is a “one-stop-shop” for this unique collection of coal-mining-related data. GeoMine contributes coal mining-related data, but does not serve as the sole source of the host of data needed for CWA, SMCRA, and ESA determinations and decisions by the state and Federal agencies tasked with these responsibilities.