COAL VALLEY MINE, ALBERTA
The Coal Valley Mine is a 20,660-hectare surface mine located south of Edson in Western Central Alberta. The mine has a nominal capacity of 3.0 million tons of annual production for thermal coal export.
Given its location in the province’s prized Foothills region at the junction of the Rocky Mountains and boreal forests, Coal Valley’s people take great pride in the mine’s husbandry over nearly four decades in establishing reclamation practices and procedures for recontouring; soil replacement, revegetation and reforestation used across Alberta today.
A highlight of these efforts has been the award-winning development of pit end lakes that have been adopted templates and prototypes for use in the widespread and very popular sports fishery industry.