New Sand, Gravel & Construction Aggregate Mining Website

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched a new sand, gravel and construction aggregate mining website:

The site features an interactive map that allows visitors to find information about 519 construction aggregate licenses the department has issued to mine 20,769 acres at 1,638 pits. Site visitors can also find information on nearly 4,600 active and inactive sites licensed through DENR since 1983.

The statewide map is linked to a database documenting the following:

  • Where each mine site is located.
  • Who is mining there.
  • What is being mined.
  • Along with more information which used to be available only by request or by visiting DENR’s office and going through individual mine license files.

The map is searchable by mine site, operator, county and material mined. Other map features allow visitors to determine a mine site’s size, how much has been mined from a specific area and additional information about each mine site.

In addition to sand and gravel mine sites, the map includes mine sites for rock to be crushed and used in construction, pegmatite minerals, limestone, iron ore, gypsum, shale, pozzolan and other materials used in the process of making cement or lime.

The department's official press release can be found here:
http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=15766

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