Work begins on a land reclamation project in Broken Arrow

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 11/01/2013 10:19 pm Published: 11/01/2013 10:09 pm

A land reclamation project on an abandoned mine has begun near NSU’s Broken Arrow Campus.

FOX23 found out that the reclamation project was started by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission in collaboration with NSU-Broken Arrow, private landowners and the city.

Nathan Kuntz the Director of Capital Projects and Planning at NSU said that the goal of the project is transform the abandoned space into a usable and safe environment.

“Right now there is just a lot of debris and open strip mines,” said Kuntz, “We’ve collaborated together to have this old abandoned land mine restored and actually brought up to a safe and usable space for the community.”

Kuntz told FOX23 that the vision is to transform the 130 acres into restored wetlands, walking trails, recreational soccer fields and an amphitheater.

The project will cost $1.3 million dollars to complete and Kuntz reiterated that no NSU dollars were used to fund the reclamation.

“This made possible entirely through the Oklahoma Conservation Committee which comes from the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act."

Kuntz said that the reclamation project is expected to be completed by February or March of 2014.

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