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26.20.29.00.htm 26.20.29.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 20 SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION UNDER FEDERALLY APPROVED PROGRAM Chapter 29 Revegetation Authority: Environment Article, §15-503, Annotated Code of Maryland
26.20.29.01.htm 26.20.29.01. 01 General Requirements.. A. Except for water areas and surface areas of roads that are approved as part of the postmining land use, the permittee shall establish a vegetative cover on regraded areas and on all other disturbed areas to stabilize the soil, minimize damage from sediment and runoff to downstream areas, and establish a permanent vegetative cover compatible with the approved postmining land use, that is in accordance with the approved permit and reclamation pl
26.20.29.02.htm 26.20.29.02. 02 Timing.. Seeding and planting of disturbed areas shall be conducted during the first normal period for favorable planting conditions after final regrading and spreading of topsoil. The normal period for favorable planting shall be that planting time generally accepted locally for the type of plant materials selected. When necessary to effectively control erosion, any disturbed area shall be seeded and planted, as contemporaneously as practicable with the completion of backfilling
26.20.29.03.htm 26.20.29.03. 03 Plant Species Selection and Land Treatment.. A. All planting plans, including trees and shrubs, shall include provisions for a herbaceous cover. The selection of plant species shall be based on proposed postmining land use, elevation, and soil conditions.B. Establishment of a temporary or permanent herbaceous vegetative cover requires the following treatment:1) Preparation of a seed bed by discing, harrowing, or other methods, if an adequate seed bed does not exist;
26.20.29.04.htm 26.20.29.04. 04 Revegetation Plan.. A. The guidelines in §B―I of this regulation shall be used in the development of a revegetation plan for the selected postmining land use.B. Cropland. The plan shall contain appropriate crops for harvesting. These may include row crops, small grain crops, hay crops, nursery crops, orchard crops, or other similar crops. The crops may be planted alone or in combination with herbaceous cover. However, if nursery or orchard crops are planted, they shall include a
26.20.29.05.htm 26.20.29.05. 05 Soil-Stabilizing Practices.. A. Suitable mulch and other soil-stabilizing practices shall be used on all regraded and topsoiled areas to control erosion, promote germination of seeds, or increase the moisture-retention capacity of the soil. The Bureau may modify this if seasonal, soil, or slope factors result in a condition when a lower application rate of mulch is adequate to control erosion and to promptly establish an effective vegetative cover.B. When required by the B
26.20.29.06.htm 26.20.29.06. 06 Backfilling and Planting Reports and Inspection.. A. A backfilling and planting report shall be prepared by the permittee on forms furnished by the Bureau and filed with the Bureau not later than the time the mining and reclamation progress report required by Environment Article, §15-508(b) Annotated Code of Maryland, is submitted. The report shall include a location map showing the location of the acres backfilled and planted and covered by the report.B. The permittee shall re
26.20.29.07.htm 26.20.29.07. 07 Standards for Success.. A. Success of revegetation shall be judged on the effectiveness of the vegetation for the approved postmining land use, the extent of the cover compared to the cover occurring in natural vegetation of the area, and the general requirements of Regulation .01 of this chapter. Ground cover, production, or stocking of trees and shrubs shall be considered equal to the success standard when they are not less than 90 percent of the success standard usin
26.20.29.9999.htm 26.20.29.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Regulations .01―07 were previously codified as COMAR 08.13.09.35A―G, respectively. Recodification occurred in April, 1993. For a history of these regulations before April, 1993, see "Administrative History of COMAR 08.13.09 before April, 1993" which follows COMAR 26.20.01. ―Chapter recodified from COMAR 08.20.29 to COMAR 26.20.29, June 1996. Regulation .07 amended effective March 22, 1999 (26:6 Md. R. 488).
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