The overarching objective of the reclamation strategy is to successfully rehabilitate disturbed areas within the MSL to self-sustaining conditions that lead to viable long-term and diverse end land uses of equivalent land capability as non-disturbed areas neighbouring the mine. Reclamation has the intent of eventual certification and, ultimately, to relinquish the land back to the province once the MSL is removed.
Recognizing ecological integrity, adaptive management, and human interactions are key considerations.
A list of the reclamation project elements is summarized below:
- Contouring, coversoil placement and rough mounding
- Decommissioning and reclamation of clean water diversions, including re-construction of water channels
- Infrastructure decommissioning (powerlines, electrical substations, roads and small buildings)
- Erosion and sediment control
- Waste management and disposal