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Ward Mountain Abandoned Mine Lands
Project Prevents Acidic Mine Waste from Spilling onto Public Lands

Project: Plugged and abandoned two water wells, reseeded disturbed soils, and created a drainage diversion to prevent acidic waste from spilling onto public lands from the abandoned Ward Mine, which is located in Nevada’s White Pine County, about 12 miles south of Ely.

ARRA Funding Level: $76,000


February 2, 2011: $75,931 obligated, $75,931 spent.

Contracts: The project is funded through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which awarded the contract to MaxFour LLC of Englewood, Colorado.

Completion date: April 15, 2010

Jobs: Earthwork was subcontracted to High Mark Construction of Elko.

Local purchases: All construction funding was funneled into the local economy.

Benefits and Needs: Thousands of historic abandoned mines are scattered throughout Nevada. These abandoned mines can be hard to see for off-highway vehicle recreations and can be an attractive, dangerous nuisance for hikers and other outdoor recreationists.

Background: Abandoned mines are among the most recognizable and attractive national icons of the western landscape and many of them are also habitat for bats and other valued wildlife. Nevada contains thousands of abandoned mines from the 1800s and early 1900s when miners simply walked away. The BLM is working with the state of Nevada to locate these sites, and to prioritize the remediation and securing of these sites. Mining companies today are required to reclaim mine sites when activities are completed. Location and remediation of abandoned mines on public lands is a national priority for both the Department of the Interior and the BLM.

This extensive adit contains lethal air.  It has a bat gate behind the doors which is vulnerable to vandalism.     These gates were vandalized with the aid  a generator-operated carbide saw. Here the  missing bars and door are being replaced.
This extensive adit contains lethal air.  It has a      These gates were vandalized with the aid  a 
bat gate behind the doors which is vulnerable to     generator-operated carbide saw. Here the
vandalism. The doors open out. Boulders were       missing bars and door are being replaced.
piled against them to preclude easy access with
torches to the bat gate behind.