Abandoned Mines Land Initiative

Project Description
[from Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative home page, http://amli.usgs.gov/amli/]

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML)
Initiative during the fiscal years 1997 through 2001 to provide technical
assistance in support of Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) actions to
remediate contamination associated with abandoned hard rock mining activities.
This initiative is part of a larger strategy by the U.S. Department of the
Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to coordinate activities for
the cleanup of federal lands affected by AML. The strategy will employ a
watershed approach, in which contaminated sites are identified and remediated
based on their effect on the water and ecosystem quality of a targeted
watershed. The initiative will be implemented on a pilot scale in two
watersheds, the Boulder River basin in southwestern Montana and the Upper
Animas River basin in southwestern Colorado.