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Maryland Manual, 1979-80
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County Soil Conservation District Supervisor; June
Nader, Allegany County, 1979; Hugh B.
Trimble, Garrett County, 1981.

Appointed members: James F. Coffroth, 1981;
George Stanya, 1981.

The Land Reclamation Committee, originally
established by Chapter 144, Acts of 1967, had its
functions expanded by Chapter 414, Acts of
1969, and by Chapter 6, Acts of the Special Ses-
sion of 1973. The Committee consists of eleven
members. The Director of Energy and Coastal
Zone Administration serves as chairperson. The
remaining members include the chairpersons of
the Soil Conservation District Supervisors of
Garrett and Allegany counties or . their
representatives, two members appointed by the
Governor with the advice and consent of the Sen-
ate for three-year terms to represent the mining
industry, the Director of the Bureau. of Mines,
and three additional members of the Department
of Natural Resources appointed-by the Secretary.
Two members were added by Chapter 672, Acts
of 1974. One member resides in Allegany County.
Neither of these members may have any interest
in mining operations.

The Land Reclamation Committee studies,
recommends, and approves procedures for reclama-
tion, conservation, and revegetation of areas affected
by open-pit mining within the State. The Committee
also reviews all mining and reclamation plans, prog-
ress reports, and final reports. The Committee is fur-
ther to establish plans and methods of procedure as
well as practical guidelines for the prompt and ade-
quate reclamation, conservation, and revegetation
of all lands disturbed by open-pit mining of bitumi-
nous coal within the State (Code Natural Resources
Article, sees. 7-205, 7-501 through 7-505, 7-509,

The Commission
Chairperson:M. Gordon Wolman, 1982

John C. Gyer, 1979; S. James Campbell, 1980;
James F. Coffroth, 1981; Richard W. Cooper,

The Department
Dr. Kenneth N. Weaver, Director

Merryman Hall

The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore 21218 Telephone: 235-0771

The Maryland Geological Survey was
established by Chapter 73, Acts of 1964, to su-
persede the Department of Geology, Mines, and
Water Resources, created by Chapter 508, Acts
of 1941, which superseded the State Geological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 Chapter
154, Acts of 1969.

The Department is headed by a Director
appointed by the Governor upon the recommen-
dation of the Secretary of Natural Resources. A
Commission composed of five members appointed
by the Secretary of Natural Resources acts in an
advisory capacity to the Director with respect to
matters under the jurisdiction of the Survey.

The Department supervises topographic, geo-
logic, hydrographic, and geophysical surveys. 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 geologic, mineral, and water resources,
The Survey publishes from time to time County
Geologic Reports, Reports of Investigations, Wa-
ter Resources Basic Data Reports, Bulletins, Edu-
cational 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 charts.

In cooperation with the U.S. Geological Sur-
vey, the Department makes surveys of the water
resources of the State. It also cooperates with the
federal Survey in certain geological and geophysi-
cal mapping projects. The Survey carries out re-
search and investigations of coastal estuarine
problems relating to erosion and sedimentation
along bay and ocean shorelines.

The Maryland Geological Survey is no longer
responsible for regulatory functions regarding
mining and gas well drilling. These activities are
regulated by the Energy and Coastal Zone Ad-

The Division of Archeology was created by
Chapter 541, Acts of 1968, to engage in research
in the archeology of the State and to encourage
and coordinate archeological research and investi-
gation undertaken by other societies, institutions,
museums, and organizations. The same Act creat-
ed an Advisory Committee on Archeology to ad-
vise the Survey. The Division is headed by the
State Archeologist. The Survey, through its Divi-
sion of Archeology, may grant permits for

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