Surface mine lakes, beneficial water use, water resource
A survey, in 1981, revealed that Iowa had 1,215 active surface mines. Of the active and abandoned surface mines, 625 had water withdrawal permits from the Iowa Natural Resources Council. The majority of these permits were for dewatering and/or processing water but several were for other beneficial uses. Several of the surface mines are also used for recreation. This usage, for water supply and recreation, indicates the value of surface mine lakes as a water resource for the people of Iowa.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1984 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Antosch, Larry M.
"Surface Mine Lakes: An Important Water Resource For Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 91(2), 67-69.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol91/iss2/6