Subsidence Wetlands: An Assessment of Values

J. R. Nawrot, L. Kirk, E. Elliott-Smith
2003 Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation  
Underground coal mining and unplanned subsidence have occurred adjacent to and under Rend Lake, an 18,000 Ac impoundment in southern Illinois, for more than 90 years. Recent longwall mining permits for Rend Lake have emphasized wetland habitat enhancement as a benefit of planned subsidence that occurs under upland areas adjacent to the shoreline. However, planned subsidence under existing mudflats was viewed as a potential habitat loss. To evaluate subsidence effects, shorebird and waterfowl
more » ... lization, benthic invertebrate density, and plant communities of subsided and unsubsided habitats were monitored during
doi:10.21000/jasmr03010882 fatcat:7r6rj2jrurhvbgy2bxxsvppljy