Dam Safety 2019: South Fort Meade Field Trip

Please note: Due to the incoming Hurricane this field trip has been cancelled. Registered attendees please watch your email for a message from ASDSO. 

When: Thursday, September 12; 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration Fees: $95 per person includes motorcoach transportation, guided facility tours, and lunch.

Background & Project Overview: The South Fort Meade Mine property encompasses 28,000 acres of contiguous land in Polk and Hardee Counties. Mining operations at South Fort Meade have been ongoing in Polk County since 1995. Nearly all of the property, approximately 75%, has been used for agricultural production (citrus groves, row crops & pasture).

Clay Settling Areas (CSAs) are vital to the operation of the mine processing and water circulation systems, providing clay storage and acting as reservoirs. CSAs are constructed using engineered dam standards and rigorously inspected and maintained, as required by State and local regulations.

Upon reclamation, reclaimed CSAs will constitute 14% of the total acreage of the South Fort Meade Extension site. CSAs are reclaimed for agricultural use, which is increasingly important due to development pressures on adjacent lands.

The South Fort Meade Mine is owned by the Mosaic Company the world's leading integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Which employs more than 15,000 people in six countries and participates in every aspect of crop nutrition development.

Itinerary: 

  • 8:00 am Depart Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
  • 9:30 am Arrive at South Fort Meade Mine
    • Welcome and Safety Overview
    • Mining 101 and Clay Settling Area/Dam Engineering and Inspection Discussion
  • 10:45 am Depart for CSA Tour
    • Attendees will walk up entrance ramp to view clay settling area which is a 600 acre dam where clay settles out and water is recycled for the mining process.
  • 11:30 am Depart Mine, Drive by Dragline via Road from Bus.
    • Travel to Peace River Park for Lunch
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:15 pm Depart for Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
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