Significant quantities of excess soil are being generated in Ontario through land development projects including excavation for building foundations, transit and water and waste-water projects. Soil is an important resource that supports plant growth, stores and filters water, provides habitat for organisms and stores carbon, and so must be preserved for a sustainable and healthy environment. Good soil management practices help enable the beneficial reuse of excess soils. They also help prevent adverse effects of soil movement on the natural environment, and minimize impacts on the community, such as noise, dust and traffic.
Within the past year, CUI and MOECC have each developed tools to provide guidance and resources on excess soil best management practices.
Excess Soil By-Law Tool
The Tool provides sample by-law language and discussion informed by the MOECC guideline Management Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices (MOECC BMP) and consultation with stakeholders. 18 key issues are addressed that municipalities are facing when managing excess soils at receiving sites through municipal by-laws. Users of the Tool can also access over 70 municipal by-laws and conservation authority regulations from Southern Ontario jurisdictions. The webinar will introduce and discuss the tool with specific focus on soil management topics relating to:
· Fees, Cost Recovery & Financial Assurance
· Large Scale Operations
· Fill Management Plan
· Commercial Fill
· Traffic & Transportation
Excess Soil Management Policy Framework
The MOECC has developed this document after identifying the need for an overall policy framework for the management of excess soil in Ontario. The framework provides background information and engagement findings that inform the recommended policy development. The MOECC has evaluated policy needs and identified actions to take relating:
· Source Sites
· Technical Standards
· Interim Sites
· Planning for Reuse Opportunities
· Receiving Sites
· Integration & Implementation
The MOECC will present on the newly finalized framework and its opportunities for application.