Reclaiming Iowa's Abandoned Coal Mine Lands

May 31, 2017  | 9 min  | Ep 702

A century ago, southern Iowa was home to hundreds of surface coal mines. As the coal boom died so did the companies that mined for it, leaving those mines abandoned and open to the elements. Today, decades after the industry died, efforts slowly continue to clean up the deserted mines and reclaim the ground that was once rich with coal.