Popular Science Rockwood

Did you know that here in Rockwood we have professional scientists and engineers living among us!

Quite a shocker indeed! All kidding aside though, we are extremely fortunate that these professionals, who include experts in the fields of biology, geology, hydrology, and mining engineering, are our neighbours. And we are especially fortunate that they care about community and the environment we live in. They have generously donated their expertise to fighting the Hidden Quarry proposal because they know the “Hidden Dangers.” Several of them are CRC Board Members and have been involved from its inception in 2013.

In this section they offer papers written in layperson terms on some of the science and engineering associated with the proposed site and the surrounding area. For those who wish to know more, each article ends with a bibliography of source publications.

Flyrock Backgrounder: What it is and why everyone who uses Highway 7 should be concerned!

Doug Tripp MASc, MEd, is a chemical engineer and an independent training and management consultant, specializing in energy and environmental management. He holds Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Higher Education. Doug is President of the CRC Board.

Hidden Quarry flyrock danger zones map

Flyrock FAQ True and False

Flyrock in open pit mines such as quarries is the unintended propulsion of rocks through the air as a result of blasting. The risk to the public (as opposed to the operators) arises when their trajectory ends beyond the confines of the operating site. As determined by the Supreme Court of Canada (Castonguay Blasting Ltd. v. Ontario (Environment)), under the Ontario EPA, any flyrock discharge that results in adverse effects on the natural environment is regarded as discharge of a contaminant, and is forbidden by Provincial Law. There are recorded incidents of flyrock being thrown up to 1300 m but normally (reportedly 90% of the time) flyrock falls within a radius of 500 m.  Click here to learn more about flyrock and the specific dangers it presents to many homes in Rockwood and to everyone who uses Highway 7 eastbound from Rockwood.

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Species at Risk Associated with the Proposed Hidden Quarry Site
Little Brown (Myotis) Bat, Endangered
Little Brown (Myotis) Bat, Endangered

Peter Kauss, PhD. University of Toronto investigating hydrocarbon toxicity; Senior Environmental Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Environment, investigating persistent contaminants distribution in connecting rivers of the Great Lakes. Peter is a member of the CRC Board.

“A Species at Risk is any naturally-occurring plant or animal species in danger of becoming threatened, endangered or disappearing.” Peter provides a summary of the government regulations and what they are intended to do along with a list of the species that would be affected by the proposed Hidden Quarry/open pit mine. Click here for the pdf.

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The Paris-Galt Moraine – Essential Groundwater Source
Moraine Geology and Hydrology
Moraine Geology and Hydrology

Peter Kauss, PhD. University of Toronto investigating hydrocarbon toxicity; Senior Environmental Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Environment, investigating persistent contaminants distribution in connecting rivers of the Great Lakes. Peter is a member of the CRC Board.

A CALL TO ACTION – Protect Our Water: Stop aggregate mining in Ontario’s moraines!

If you have any doubts about how damaging the Hidden Quarry could be to our water supply then this is a must read. Google ‘What is the most important resource in the world?‘ and you may be surprised to discover that it is something we often take for granted, water. We seem to have an endless supply of water here in the Rockwood area but we don’t. Water is limited resource here too, especially clean water.  Rockwood’s GRCA Eramosa and Blue Springs - Water Recharge Mapwater comes from wells that draw on an aquifer in the ground beneath us. We have a beautiful pristine aquifer which is replenished by clean water filtered through our section of the Paris Galt Moraine. How important is this clean recharge? It cannot be overstated, ask the residents of Walkerton where 7 people died and 2,300 were sickened by E. coli. The proposed Hidden Quarry would be situated smack dab in the middle of our portion of the Paris Galt Moraine, destroying its ability to clean our water. Imagine putting a toilet on your well! In this article Peter will help you understand how the Paris Galt Moraine protects us by cleaning our water.  Click here for the pdf.

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Natural Capital Valuation of Ecosystems Associated with The Proposed Hidden Quarry Area

Natural capital map of the Rockwood area.

Peter Kauss, PhD. University of Toronto investigating hydrocarbon toxicity; Senior Environmental Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Environment, investigating persistent contaminants distribution in connecting rivers of the Great Lakes. Peter is a member of the CRC Board.

Can you put a price on nature? As a matter of necessity as the earth’s human population approaches 9 billion and we have inhabited nearly every corner, economists and scientists have developed measurements to do just that. Did you know that forests are so good at cleaning water that for every 10% loss in woodland there is a 25% increase in the cost to clean water for drinking! And that’s just one thing forests do for us.Blue Springs near Rockwood Ontario only 2 km from the proposed quarry. Brydson Creek which crosses the quarry property flows into Blue Springs nearby. This whole ecosystem would be negatively affected by the proposed quarry. They also clean the air. Wetlands are equally valuable. Agricultural land has value to our well being far beyond the food crops produced. In this paper Peter teaches us the true dollar value of the Hidden Quarry property in its natural state. Would you have guessed that it is worth 16 times more to Rockwood and the world than the aggregate levy the Province will take from a quarry? In fact it is worth $2,307,758 per year, each and every year for ever! Death by quarry would  indeed be a version of Aesop’s golden goose fable.  Click here to learn what natural assets would be lost and how real dollar saving are calculated for them.

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