PitSense is a community of people organized to respond to proposals for further increases in the number and size of aggregate operations in Caledon. We are opposed to the continuing 'Domino Effect' growth of open pit mines and quarries in the agricultural and rural residential areas of the Niagara Escarpment and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
"In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."
                         -- Rachel Carson
It is no longer adequate to simply mitigate environmental or social impact for economic benefit. A corporation has to prove it is leaving behind a visible and tangible improvement in the environment and in the social fabric of the community."
    ...Alan Kreisberg, President, Western North             America LaFarge Construction

The following articles, Websites, Links and discussions pertain to the importance of water in matters of environmental protection, ecological sustainability, and species survival, including human survival.  Please read this material and explore the following links to gain a better understanding of what is at stake if we continue to gamble with this essential resource.
Ontario's Environmental Commissioner said in his 2004/2005 findings: "The environmental problems with aggregate extraction are abundantly documented. The need for stronger environmental protection is clear."


Safe, clean and plentiful drinking water supplies are among the most important natural resources for the health of Ontarians. As a result of Ontario's exploding population growth and a growing demand for limited resources, watershed managers today face increasingly significant threats to our water and land resources. The protection of water sources is essential.

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WATER - Most people living near a proposed or active pit or quarry have serious concerns about the adverse impacts the aggregate mining may have on the groundwater at and near the operation. This is why the applicant and operator must submit comprehensive water studies to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the local Municipality. When these studies are found to be seriously flawed it calls into question the whole application and monitoring process. Residents of Caledon near the proposed Olympia Pit have found themselves in just such a circumstance ...

We wonder if the same holds true for the Blueland / McCormick application.
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