- FoTTSA has joined the fight against the expansion of the Teedon Gravel Pit (northward) and the renewal of its permit to take water.
- This pit is in Tiny Township near the aquifer that supplies pure water for most of North Simcoe and beyond and was threatened over 10 years ago by the proposal to establish Dump Site 41.
- Residents near Teedon Pit who rely on groundwater began reporting silt in wells, local streams and springs soon after the aggregate operation expanded in 2009, though the connection between the pit operation and the impacts on wells is disputed by the province and the pit. Silt has also been observed recently in the artesian well water at the water kiosk on County Road 27 just north of Elmvale.
- In addition to the potential environmental risks posed by the extraction and the washing of gravel so close to the aquifer, the pit running at capacity can mean 40 trucks an hour arriving and leaving the pit.
- The current pit owners appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal the Township’s failure to amend its Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to allow for the northward expansion of the pit into French’s Hill. FoTTSA has been granted party status in the appeal.
- The potential impacts to water are so serious that lawyers with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) have agreed to represent FoTTSA at the appeal.
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Learn more: Podcast and Article by the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition