The IDL regulates surface mining in the State of Idaho. Surface mining is the extraction of minerals from the ground by removing the soil and rock over the mineral deposits.
The Idaho Surface Mining Act, passed in 1971, requires reclamation of affected lands to return them to a productive condition.
- Application for Reclamation Plan Approval (pdf)
- Collateral Bond Surface/Dredge and Placer Mining (pdf)
- Notice of Surface Mining Operations to be Conducted by a City, County, Highway District or Federal Agency (pdf)
- Bond Information Sheet (pdf)
- Documentation of Completed Reclamation Work Request for Bond Release (pdf)
- Surface Mining Surety Bond Form (pdf)
- Transfer of Surface Mining Reclamation Plan (pdf)
- Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit (pdf)
Dredge & Placer Mining
The IDL administers the Idaho Dredge and Placer Mining Protection Act, passed in 1954. Dredge and placer mining is the extraction of minerals containing particles of gold or other valuable minerals, using suction dredges with a nozzle eight inches in diameter or more. A placer deposit can be in a natural watercourse or an ancient river channel high above a stream.
- FAQ: Dredge and Placer Mining in Idaho (pdf)
- Statute: Idaho Code 47-1322, Idaho Placer and Dredge Mining Protection Act
- Rules: IDAPA 20.03.01, Rules for Dredge and Placer Mining Operations