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members appointed by the Governor with
the advice and consent of the Senate for
three-year terms to represent the mining in-
dustry, the Director of the Bureau of Mines,
three additional members of the Department
of Natural Resources appointed by the Sec-
retary. Two members were added by Chap-
ter 672, Acts of 1974. One member repre-
sents Garrett County. One member resides
in Allegany County. Neither of these mem-
bers may have any interest in any mining
The Land Reclamation Committee studies,
recommends, and approves procedures for
reclamation, conservation, and revegetation
of areas affected by open-pit mining within
the State. The Committee also reviews all
mining and reclamation plans, progress re-
ports and final reports. The Committee is
further to establish plans and methods of
procedure as well as practical guidelines for
the prompt and adequate reclamation, con-
servation and revegetation of all lands dis-
turbed by open-pit mining of bituminous
coal within the State (Natural Resources
Article, sees. 7-205, 7-501 to 7-505, 7-509,
7-510, 7-515).
The Commission
Chairman: Richard W. Cooper, 1977
M. Gordon Wolman, 1977; John C. Geyer,
1979; S. James Campbell, 1980; Robert
C. Harvey, 1981.
The Department
Kenneth N. Weaver, Director
The Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore 21218 Telephone: 235-0771
Telephone: 235-1792
The Maryland Geological Survey was es-
tablished by Chapter 73, Acts of 1964, to
supersede the Department of Geology,
Mines, and Water Resources, created by
Chapter 508, Acts of 1941, to supersede
the State Geological and Economic Survey
Advisory Commission, the Water Front
Commission, and the Water Resources
Commission. The Survey was placed in the

Department of Natural Resources by Chap-
ter 154, Acts of 1969.
The Department is headed by a Director
appointed by the Governor, upon the rec-
ommendation of the Secretary of Natural
Resources. A Commission composed of five
members appointed by the Secretary of Na-
tural Resources acts in an advisory capacity
to the Director with respect to matters under
the jurisdiction of the Survey.
The Department supervises topographic,
geologic, hydrographic and geophysical sur-
veys. It prepares topographic, geologic, and
such other maps as may be necessary to
meet specific needs. It makes reports on the
extent and character of the State's geology,
mineral and water resources. The Survey
publishes from time to time County Geo-
logic Reports, Reports of Investigations,
Water Resources Basic Data Reports, Bul-
letins, Educational Series and Information
Circulars. The Survey also publishes County
topographic maps, County geologic maps,
a State geologic map, a State planimetric
map and other miscellaneous maps and
In cooperation with the United States
Geological Survey, it makes surveys of the
water resources of the State. It also coop-
erates with the Federal Survey in certain
geological and geophysical mapping proj-
ects. The Survey carries out research and
investigations of coastal estuarine problems
relating to erosion and sedimentation along
bay and ocean shorelines.
As part of its regulatory functions, the
Survey licenses gas well drillers and issues
a permit for each gas or oil well to be drilled
in the State. The Survey also makes and
enforces rules to conserve the State's oil and
gas resources.
The Division of Archaeology was cre-
ated by Chapter 541, Acts of 1968 to en-
gage in research into the archaeology of the
State, and to encourage and coordinate
archaeological research and investigation un-
dertaken by other societies, institutions, mu-
seums, etc. The same Act created an
Advisory Committee on Archaeology to ad-
vise the Survey. The Division is headed by
the State Archaeologist. The Survey, through

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