Concerns about gravel mining in the Matanuska Susitna Borough are getting a fresh look by Borough authorities. The debate over gravel mining’s effects on the area has gone on for some years, prompted by fears that digging too deep may harm the water table. The Mat-Su Borough Assembly plans to discuss an ordinance regulating gravel mining at its meeting this week. The ordinance would establish reclamation standards, while creating a permitting process for mining operations that dig into the water table. Alex Strawn is a permitting services manager for the Borough planning department
The gravel issue came before the assembly in 2008, when the Borough put a moratorium on new mines digging into the water table. Gravel pit owners say the ordinance is not necessary and hurts their business. Strawn said the new ordinance also requires gravel miners to gather data and get insurance before they can get a permit.
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