Koehler Coal Mine Refuse Pile Regrading and Drainage Control Project

The Koehler Coal Mine Refuse Pile Regrading and Drainage Control Project took place approximately 20 miles southwest of Raton , New Mexico. Precipitation events over time caused erosion of coal mine refuse into a nearby streambed and slope failures. Channel erosion exposed fresh coal and introduced moisture, facilitating the pile to burn in several places. The project objectives included reduction of slopes, regrading and recontouring of the site, establishment of drainage, rechanneling a small stream and revegetation of all areas disturbed by construction.

The contractor was the D. Bacon Construction of Raton, NM.

Year Completed: 1988
Cost: $442,337.92
Project Engineer: Mike DuMond
Project Manager: Denise Gallegos

Aerial photo of the site (2005-06)

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