OSSGA engaged Stantec Consulting to conduct the second phase of the study, which analyzed seven sites within the provincial plan areas identified in the first phase to better understand the ecological and cultural characteristics of aquatic habitat created by rehabilitating pits and quarries. “From a public awareness point of view, we are using this as an opportunity to illustrate and highlight the great things that the industry (aggregate producers) is doing,” explained Sharon Armstrong, vice president, communications and operations, OSSGA. “The industry itself is always looking to improve and looking at what are some of the rehabilitation processes that we can put in place to make sure that we actually are increasing the quality of the habitat that we are leaving behind, not just the quantity of it.” In the first phase of the study, which began in 2017, OSSGA conducted a survey of new wetlands created through the rehabilitation of former pits and quarries. “We looked at the amount of wetland and pond habitat that was created through aggregate rehabilitation within the provincial plan areas and the study found that 293 hectares of wetland habitat was created which is equivalent to over 1,800 NHL-size rinks,” said Armstrong READ HERE
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