The OSMRE Alton Field Division (AFD) inspectors have been working with Kamiliah Lograsso, a physical scientist in the OSMRE Mid-Continent Regional (MCR) office Program Technology Support Branch (PTSB), to incorporate geospatial technologies into field inspections. High-resolution imagery is used to evaluate sites before a field inspection. Some examples include confirming that there is no disturbance outside of a permit boundary or locating areas of potential acid mine drainage, among many others.
The State of New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Program (NMAMLP) is exploring remote sensing techniques to monitor change in land cover and stream morphology at reclamation projects. The Program, as well as its reclamation projects, is funded through grants from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) based on the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) promise high resolution imagery, flexible deployment, and relatively low cost at focused areas.