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The Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR)

In 1991, following significant revisions to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA), the Office of Mine Reclamation was created to provide a measure of oversight for local governments as they administer SMARA within their respective jurisdictions.  To accomplish this goal, the Office of Mine Reclamation may provide comments to lead agencies on a mining operation’s reclamation plan and financial assurance and may initiate compliance actions that encourage SMARA compliance.  While the primary focus is on existing mining operations and the return of those mined lands to a usable and safe condition, issues relating to abandoned legacy mines are addressed through the Abandoned Mine Lands program.

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What's New

 2015 Online Mine Operation Annual Report Pilot Program

The Department of Conservation's (Department) Office of Mine Reclamation is excited to announce the launch of online submissions for the Mining Operation Annual Reports (MRRC-2). The Department has constructed an online reporting system which will assign a unique login code to each California Mine Identification (ID) number required to file an annual report.  In an effort to make this transition smoothly, we are  seeking volunteers for the pilot program for the 2015 Annual Reporting Year.  During this testing phase, online submissions will be optional and on a volunteer basis only.  However, the Department will be moving toward the online submittal of all annual reports and associated reporting fees beginning with the 2016 Reporting Year, due July 1, 2017.

If you are interested in participating please visit the link below.  Please note that only the first 200 respondents will be selected for the pilot program and the survey will close on Monday, April 18, 2016.

For more detailed instructions, click here.  If you have any questions please contact the OMR Reporting and Records Unit by email at or by phone at (916) 323-9198.

Rollout of Lead Agency Review and Assistance Program
The Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR) is pleased to announce three upcoming public workshops for Lead Agencies responsible for administering the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA).

In 2006 the Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation established the Lead Agency Review Team (LART) to assist lead agency's with meeting their responsibilities under SMARA. From 2007 to 2012, 47 out of 112 lead agencies were reviewed under the LART program. Following a review and evaluation of the six-year LART program, OMR has made a number of changes to the lead agency review process. The proposed changes to the Lead Agency Review and Assistance (LARA) program will be discussed at three separate workshops throughout the State.

The revised lead agency review and assistance program will cover a variety of topics related to the new LARA program and we welcome your participation and input on the revised program. Some of the topics will include:

  • When, why and how lead agencies are selected for review
  • Performance review and expectations
  • Review procedures and coordination
  • Mine inspection process review
  • Development of report findings
  • Consultations on initial report and preparation of final reports

Please visit the workshops​ webpage for more details about the half-day workshops and registration or contact Bret Koehler at or at (916) 916-323-9198.