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Windy Gap Reservoir, Photo by Richard Stenzel
Windy Gap Reservoir, Photo by Richard Stenzel

Mine Permitting & Reclamation

Applegate Group, Inc. has substantial experience with permitting, technical revisions, and permit amendments through local government entities as well as the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety for sand and gravel mining, stone quarry mining, and mine reclamation activities. Our previous work includes projects associated with water, land, and mineral development, and projects that require the reclamation of water, soils, and ecologically sensitive environments. Applegate Group specializes in applying a combination of planning knowledge, scientific principles, and engineering concepts to all phases of these resource development and remediation projects. Our mine permitting expertise includes mining design, reclamation design, stormwater management plan development, hydrology analysis, floodplain analysis, cost estimating, and public hearing support. 

Specific Project Experience

Holcim Boettcher Property Reclamation Project

Applegate Group (AG) was retained by Holcim, Inc, one of the world’s largest cement and construction materials producers. AG was asked to evaluate the water storage potential at their Boettcher property located near LaPorte, Colorado. The work included evaluation of approximately 2,000 acres of property, review of existing infrastructure, developing cost estimates for delivery structures into and out of the reservoirs and helping with appraisals of storage value on the open market. AG also reviewed the substantial water rights portfolio held by Holcim and helped strategize the best approach to maximize the value and use of this water. Upon completion of these two tasks, Holcim retained AG to review the existing Division of Minerals and Geology permit and evaluate options that might reduce reclamation costs and still meet permit conditions. AG designed a reclamation revision that saved Holcim 4 million dollars and maintained a high quality reclamation approach that restored the property to beneficial use. After receiving approval from DMG to proceed with the negotiated revisions, AG was retained to prepare construction plans, technical specifications and bid documents to secure a reclamation contractor. AG also was on-site during the reclamation project as Owners Representative to observe work done by the selected Contractor and to assist in Contract management and administration. The project moved 2.5 million cubic yards of earth in 6 months and resulted in less than 1% change orders from out of scope work ordered by the Owner


Applegate Group, Inc. was retained by Connell Resources, Inc., a material producer of specification-grade aggregates, aggregate base courses and hot mixed asphalt. Applegate Group was asked to amend the active Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board 112 Reclamation Permit and request an extension to the existing Routt County Special Use Permit for the Camilletti property located near Hayden, Colorado to expand the current operation by 14 acres. This work included a comprehensive revision to the mining plan as well as permitting negotiations with the Routt County Planning Department. One of the biggest challenges involved the Routt County Zoning Regulations requiring the landowners of long term mining operations in excess of 9.9-acres to set aside land for every acre of new disturbance for public benefit.  Applegate Group successfully eliminated the need for the Camilletti landowners to set aside land as a result of the new mining disturbance. Applegate Group was able to negotiate with the Routt County Board of Supervisors to clearly and favorably define when the Special Use Permit would be considered satisfied and complete. As a result, the Routt County Special Use Permit and the Mined Land Reclamation Amendment were both approved in December, 2008.