What is the U.S. Geological Survey's responsibility related to mining and the environment?

The U.S. Geological Survey is responsible for providing the reliable and impartial scientific information on geologic and hydrologic processes affecting mineral deposits, mine lands, and water quality.

The studies conducted by the USGS benefits agencies that have the responsibility for decisions about land management, by industries that are responsible for costs, and everyone who shares concern about the environment.

Learn more: U.S. Geological Survey Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative.