NR-135 Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation

This multi-county administration program is the direct result of a state-mandated rule (Chapter NR-135 Wis. Adm. Code) passed in December 2000. The overall goal of NR-135 is to provide a framework for statewide regulation of non-metallic mining reclamation. This was done by establishing uniform reclamation standards and requiring counties to adopt a reclamation ordinance capable of ensuring compliance with these standards. ECWRPC, through a cooperative agreement administers these ordinances for five counties (Calumet, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca and Winnebago). As of September 2022, a total of 197 sites have active permits. The program is self-funded by the operators and is an excellent example of regional cooperation. Staff’s knowledge in reclamation planning, policy and regulation has resulted in a consistent, efficient, cost-effective and service oriented program.

More educational resources on Chapter NR 135 Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation:

Overview of Non-metallic Mining in Wisconsin 

Chapter NR 135 Non-metallic Mining Reclamation

Non-Metallic Mining Training Videos

Please contact Scott Konkle at 920-751-4770 with questions concerning reclamation planning.

NR-135 Fillable Forms:

Mining site lists and maps:

Photo of a working quarry

Same quarry after reclamation

ECWRPC website