Responsibilities

The Minerals Program is responsible for the implementation of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Act and the Colorado Land Reclamation Act for the Extraction of Construction Materials. The Minerals Program seeks to foster and encourage the orderly development of the state’s natural resources while requiring those persons involved in extraction operations to reclaim the affected land so that it may be put to a use beneficial to the people of this state. Furthermore, the Minerals Program works towards conserving natural resources, aiding in the protection of wildlife and aquatic resources, establishing agricultural, recreational, residential, and industrial sites, and protecting and promoting the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of this state.  The Minerals Program carries out its responsibilities for all permitted mineral mines and exploration operations through:

For a list of Environmental Protection Specialist contact information by county, please click here.

Photo of Swan River site post miningPhoto of Swan River site post reclamation