Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Last night at the televised (Rogers #20) Woolwich Council meeting, Lynne Hare and Jan Huisson were back educating Council and the public regarding their latest information about the Jigs Hollow Pit (Kuntz). I believe that they were responding to Council's earlier decision to pursue a temporary-use bylaw that would permit recycling for a one year period at a time at this gravel pit. The recycling involves grinding and breaking up both old concrete and old asphalt.

The Elmira independent carried a story last Friday titled "Temporary-use bylaw pursued for gravel pit". It described this initiative of Woolwich Staffer Dan Kennaley. The sole Councillor opposed was Bonnie Bryant as she feels recycling should not be permitted on farmland. Lynne and Jan pointed out to Council two very relevant matters. Firstly if you do the math it begins to appear as if the recycling operation is not ancillary to gravel extraction. It is a small proposed pit without that much gravel in the first place. Jan demonstrated that if the pit is spread out over time that there will actually be more volume (tonnage) per year of recycled material then there will be of gravel extraction. Secondly Lynne advised that the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) while firmly in control of gravel extraction do not have authority or rules and regulations concerning recycling operations. Lynne emphasized that that is totally under the control of the municiaplity and they don't need this temporary-use bylaw. She and Jan have both done excellent research around this issue and have done a terrific job in professionally presenting their findings to Woolwich Council.


  1. Hi Alan, Interesting stuff.....and all pretty worrying. Could you tell me where I can find out about ELmira water contamination and whether it stretches north to Alma?
    all best steve

  2. Elmira contamination including Yara, Chemtura and Varnicolor does not directly stretch all the way to Alma. The problem would be old landfill sites up that way including the old Woolwich Landfill site. Many of these accomodated Elmira industries over past decades. Also the groundwater flow is primarily southwards in deeper aqwuifers and discharges to surface water bodies such as rivers and lakes. Regarding Elmira water contamination I can suggest the library at Wilfred laurier University in Waterloo. It now houses esther Thur's collection which was in the Elmira Library for about fifteen years. the other source I might add is right here.