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Symposium on the Geology of Rocky Mountain Coal, October 2-4,
COAL HYDROLOGY PROGRAM OF THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey began work in coal hydrology in 1974 on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management. From 1975 through 1984, the Survey received Federal funding for this program, largely as a result of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Funding peaked at $12.3 million in 1980; limited funding was available from other Federal agencies during the period 1974-84, notably the Bureau of Land Management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of Surface Mining. The work under the coal hydrology program can be classified into three categories: (1) hydrologic monitoring to acquire data needed as input to Environmental Impact Statements and mining permits and to assist management and regulatory authorities; (2) hydrologic modeling to develop the techniques for impact assessments and, in particular, cumulative impact analyses; and (3) basic research in coal geochemistry as it relates to mine drainage.
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