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04 Aug

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Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update re Amendment

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Amendment to Site Alteration & Fill Management Plan Amendment for Small Quantities/Hydro-excavation Fill

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Further the Town Public Meeting on  June 23, 2016 and/or the June 30, 2016 Open House hosted by United Soils Management at the site at 14245 Ninth Line

Q and A re Amendment to Site Alteration & Fill Management Plan 22jul16

 

Related Links

Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update

Annual Open House at United Soils

TOWN COUNCIL’S DECISION BENEFITS OUR COMMUNITY

GRAVEL PIT RESTORATION PERMIT

A Very Informative Meeting

Gold Standard For All Ontario

A Game Changer Interview

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (part two of three parts)

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (final part of three part interview with the MLRA)

 

28 Jun

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Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update

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Alec Cloke from United Soils Management updates the MLRA

As you may or may not know, United Soils Management’s Ninth Line landfill site is also a restoration project. USM was issued a fill permit as part of the Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project. The plan involves using quality fill to fill in the old pit and to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to as it was in the 1950’s –  farmland with a woodlot.

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

The MLRA has been working closely with United Soils since the start of the restoration project and Alec Cloke has always been very open with us on an ongoing basis. United Soils has just applied for an amendment to their land fill permit to allow a small number of hydrovac trucks to empty at the site. The MLRA sat down with Alec Cloke to find out more information about this proposal.

Here are his answers to our questions.

Why does United Soils want to allow hydrovac trucks access to the landfill site?

The hydrovac industry is 15 years old and growing in leaps and bounds. To date, there are two legal places to unload hydrovacs in the GTA as a result hydrovacs are being emptied everywhere and there are no measures or any policing for testing.  United Soils is organizing to cure that.

Will the number of trucks on the Ninth Line increase as a result?  

United’s application is for an amendment to a previously granted license. There will be no additional trucks on Ninth Line. Hydrovacs will be included in the approved number of trucks coming to that location.

Are the hydrovac trucks covered under the same daily limit as the dump trucks or are they in addition too?

There will be one hydrovac company allowed to come to United. The hydrovac company owned by Powell contracting operating within Stouffville will be responsible for policing over the protocol of all materials coming to the site. That is to say, that more than one hydrovac company may be coming to the site, but Powell contracting will be responsible for all of it.

How many hydrovac companies will be approved access to USM property?   How have these companies been selected?

The testing criteria for hydrovac trucks is equal to the protocol which already exists. The difference is that the material will be tested in a separate quadrant of our property. If the testing fails, the material will be removed.

What happens if material is found to be contaminated?  Who pays for this?

If contaminated material comes to the site, it will not go further from where it was originally delivered and immediately removed at the shippers expense.

Who and how will the USM property be monitored to ensure compliance with the dumping agreement?  ( MOE vs Town)

There’s a protocol agreement that administered by United soils and monitored by the town.

The first truck allowed on the site cannot be earlier than 7am and the last truck allowed on the premises cannot be after 6pm.

It’s easy for United Soils to adhere to that.

One must not forget that there’s a gravel pit working at the same location where there are no restrictions for early morning entry.

That operation closes at 4pm.

Are there additional risks to the community by allowing hydrovac trucks access?

There are no additional risks. The testing criteria is the same.

Something that the public should understand is that the hydrovac and small quantity portion of the business is minor compared to what already exists. United is not going to put its current operation in jeopardy for the sake of hydrovacs.

I understand that there is water monitoring taking place, can you describe what is being done and how often.

It’s conducted by Golder and Associates. All reports are sent directly to the Town, so as in any other report which is public can be received by requesting the Town for it.

Who has access to the water monitoring information?

The Town has access to all information.

There is a lot of confusion as to how many trucks are permitted to daily enter the pit, can you elaborate on this.

The maximum number of trucks which is approved to date is 600 but United is doing nowhere near that.

What time are the trucks allowed to begin dumping?  People are expressing concern over a tail gate “Bang” early in the morning, is this coming from USM operation?

It is not coming from USM if it is before 7am on weekdays.

It’s important to note that the water on United’s property is NOT ground water, but captured storm water.

500,000 gallons per month are what is used for dust control on the site.

United has put up $333,000.00 cash securities to date.

This will grow over the next 3 years to one million dollars cash securities.

The way that the agreement is structured with the town is that it gets revisited annually in case there are deletions or additions in the agreement.

The MLRA would like to thank Alec Cloke for keeping our community updated on the project.

Don’t forget USM is holding an open house at the Ninth Line landfill site/restoration project this Thursday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Engineers and staff from the Town will be on hand to answer questions. It really is worth taking the time to attend to fully understand the scope of the project.

 

 RELATED LINKS

Annual Open House at United Soils

TOWN COUNCIL’S DECISION BENEFITS OUR COMMUNITY

GRAVEL PIT RESTORATION PERMIT

A Very Informative Meeting

Gold Standard For All Ontario

A Game Changer Interview

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (part two of three parts)

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (final part of three part interview with the MLRA)

 

28 Jun

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It was an awesome day!

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Thank-you to everyone who helped make our first Family Fun Day that was held on May 28th a great success. It was an awesome day!

DSC_0003 (1)We had tons of fun with great entertainment and yummy food…bouncy castles, crafts, Ballantrae Fire Truck, Crew + Sparky,

Meat Merchant Trailer, Charlinda Chocolates, raffle prizes, 50/50 Draw and fun loving DJ Mike Feld from Most Excellent Productions.

A special thank-you to our event sponsor United Soils, host Cedar Beach Resort and participants Town of WS,
Ward 2 Maurice Smith, WS Museum and volunteers from MLRA and CCA community associations.

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19 May

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Thank You Sponsors and Volunteers! Spring Clean Event was a BIG Success

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Community stepped up on April 23, 2016. Six crews and a marine unit participated in our Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event

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Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

The community cleanup was a huge success this year.

We want to thank Councillor Maurice Smith for helping to organize this year’s event and chairing the organizing committee.

Over 100 volunteers of all ages participated.

There were 6 different crews covering all around the lake and we also had the marine unit, on the water, with Kevin and Tyler doing the lake shore line.

Everyone started the day with coffee, hot chocolate & Tim bits donated by Tim Hortons.

All the kids wore protective bright fluorescent vests provided by the town of Whitchurch – Stouffville, who also made sure we all had gloves, garbage bags and the huge 40 yard garbage bin.

The York Regional Police escorted the 3 crew wagons with their new ATV’s.

Cedar Beach Resort provided their big parking lot again this year, as our base, as well as the bathrooms, picnic tables, tractors and wagons, garbage bins and a 20 yard recycling bin.

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Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

Everyone collected garbage around the area for over two hours.

It is unbelievable but they filled the entire 40 yard bin and also the 20 yard recycling bin.

Ten tires were also collected and fifteen bikes were donated to Africycle.

At the same time the United Soils street sweeper covered many of our local streets picking up the sand from this winter.

Everyone had a healthy hot lunch courtesy of United Soils & Tiny Seedlings – corn on the cob and chili served out of their events trailer.

Donnlyn Home Improvements joined this year and handed out water and treats for the kids along the routes and at lunch. 

Charlinda’s Belgian Chocolates gave away chocolate treats with lunch and of course George at the variety store gave all the kids a free ice cream cone for participating.

York Regional Police set up a display and everyone got to check out the ATV’s and discuss road safety.

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Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority set up a large display.

Christa Sharp and Brian Kemp of the LSRCA had an education area set up and discussed the living organisms with water right out of the lake. It was interactive for all the participants.

Small seedling trees – pines, cedars and spruce, were also given out to the participants to take home and plant.

Roger Carlsen, a new resident to the lake, and also a professional photographer, documented the entire event. (see attached photos)

Tents, music, power, & tables were provided again this year by Most Excellent Productions.

Earth Day 2016 is one that our entire community can be proud of.

Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers for making our lake a better place to live.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017!

 

Related Links
Earth Day 2016 Spring Clean Event
Don’ Miss The Earth Day Fun!
Community Pulls Together On Earth Day
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WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

 

11 Mar

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MLRA Annual Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event

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15 May

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Resident’s Concern Addressed.

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A Resident made an inquiry about ground water at the United Soil Restoration Project Site so United Soils has shared these study results with us.

 Protocol Control officer , Lori Loughlin-Pilato demonstrating random soil testing performed regularly on site

Protocol Control officer , Lori Loughlin-Pilato demonstrating random soil testing performed regularly on site

One of seven monitoring wells strategically positioned on the site to ensure water quality is maintained

One of seven monitoring wells strategically positioned on the site to ensure water quality is maintained

Golder Associated Ltd. has completed baseline groundwater monitoring at the Lee Sand & Gravel property located at 14245 Ninth Line, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario (referred to as the “Site”) to determine the chemical quality of the on-Site groundwater.  The baseline study conducted in 2012 consisted of installation of monitoring wells around the perimeter of the Site with additional monitoring wells in the central area of the Site. In August 2012, the reported concentration of phosphorus in these monitoring wells were less than the laboratory detection limit (<50 micrograms per Litre).  In addition, based on groundwater elevation data and groundwater monitoring events completed between 2012 and 2014, groundwater has consistently been found to flow in a south-southwesterly direction (i.e., away from Musselman’s Lake).

Based on our current understanding and findings, it is unlikely that phosphorus levels in Musselman’s Lake (located approximately 900 m north-northwest of the Site) are affected by the activities at the Lee Sand & Gravel Site. We note that inorganic phosphorous in groundwater is typically present as orthophosphate, which is not particularly mobile in groundwater.  Further, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s report on Musselman’s Lake  identified runoff from agricultural land, urban stormwater runoff, and discharges from improperly functioning septic systems as significant contributors of phosphorus to the Lake .

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01 May

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Community Pulls Together On Earth Day

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MLRA Earth Day Community Clean Event Was A Great Success

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Earthday_inheritWe would like to extend a our sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone from our community who came out to help support our annual Musselman’s Lake Earth Day Community Clean-up.

Saturday April 25th was a great day here at the Lake and through your efforts and generosity we all made a positive, noticeable difference to our community and the environment.

Thank you all for your contributions and for dedicating your time and hard work to help make our Community Clean-up a success and a day to remember.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

This event was made possible with the help of:Photo6

Tiny Seedlings for providing the fantastic catered meal that we all enjoyed.

United Soils for providing the garbage bins and garbage bags and staff to help clean up.  United soils also graciously donated their Photo3sweeper to remove as much sand and debris left over from winter and keep it from washing into our precious lake.

George at the Coolest Little Ice Cream shop for all of his help.

Mike and Most Excellent Productions for doing all of the sound and keeping us entertained.

Cedar Beach Resort for providing a great location to host our event and all of the equipment and staff.

We would also like to thank Ravenshoe group for all of their online support and their help in keeping our community up to date and informed!Photo2

This year we collected a staggering amount of garbage out of the lake by our water teams and off the roads and ditches that surround our community.  In total we removed 2 full bins totalling over 40 yards of garbage!

We also collected 10 great bikes that were donated that same day to Africycle and will be on their way to Africa making a huge difference to the children those bikes reach.

We collected 47lbs of used batteries that were taken to a recycling center and that we kept out of our landfill.  The sweeper made great progress and removed tons, literally tons of material from our roads that will never wash into our lake.

Well done everyone! We have a lot to be proud of.  Without the great support of all of you this event never would have happened, pat yourselves on the back!

Stay tuned to the website for important updates as we keep you informed on what is happening in our community.

 

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Related Links

JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS

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MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

 

22 Apr

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Happy Earth Day

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International Earth Day is today. Our Community Spring Clean is now only a few days away and we have some exciting news!

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We have been working with Tiny Seedlings and they have graciously offered to donate a fantastic lunch for everyone who helps out.  This year it won’t be the usual, hot dogs.   This year we get to warm up with homemade chili and corn on the cob!  Thank you Tiny Seedlings!

United Soils has not only offered to supply the garbage bags and gloves that we needed but will also be supplying 2 garbage bins for all the waste we are going to collect.

One of our concerns for the Lake is water runoff and the sediment that it carries into the Lake.  After a long winter there is a lot of sediment along the sides of the roads that needs to be picked up.  When we presented this concern to United Soils they once again stepped up to help our community and offered to use their street sweeper to clean the areas of concern!  The sooner we can get the gravel and sand off the road, the more of it we can keep out of our Lake!

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8th Annual MLRA Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event

We will be collecting used bikes for Africycle, if you have a used bike laying around please drop it off knowing that it is going for a great cause.  There is more information about where these bikes go after you donate them at www.africycle.org.

Are you collecting used batteries but don’t know what to do with them…..bring them by and lets keep them out of the landfill, let us dispose of them for you!

If you have a boat that you can’t get out of the water or a dock that is garbage don’t leave it in the lake, email us and we will come by and help you remove it.

Cedar Beach Park will be providing large recycle bins for everything from metal to plastic, lets keep as much out of landfill as possible.

Can’t wait to see everyone Saturday morning, come early for coffee and we get to end with a great lunch and entertainment by Most Excellent Productions!

Should be a fantastic Day!!

Don’t forget, today, that is actually Earth Day please take time to think of our community and our environment and what YOU can do to make a difference.

Related Links

JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS

WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013