Harvey Lake is located approximated 7 km north east of Dorset, Ontario in the beautiful Algonquin Highlands and about 20 km from Algonquin Park. Over 60% of owners on Harvey Lake are 2nd generation or longer, some are fourth generation and have been on the lake for over 50 years.
In early July of 2017, the nine property owners on Harvey Lake received notice that an application had been made to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for a 53 acre quarry on adjacent lands - and given until only August 7 to respond. The notice was not sent to hundreds of property owners on adjacent lakes, who will also be impacted by this quarry. The nine property owners on this pristine lake are thus facing a David & Goliath battle opposing the quarry.
The initial application requested an annual extraction limit of 285,000 tonnes of aggregate per year and a 53-acre mega quarry, which would permit noisy blasting, and crushing. Consultants reports submitted with the application estimate that at a volume of 100,000 tones per annum, there could be 10 truck loadings per hour – allowing for return trips, traffic would be double that level. As the application is on Crown Land it need not respect local planning. The application would not respect the Township Official Plan requiring a separation of 1 Km from the waterfront on Harvey Lake for new aggregate operations -- the quarry operation is only 170 m east of this little lake!
• Critical wetlands including two streams, a bog and a marsh will be adversely affected.
• Threatened species - the site includes two habitats of the threatened Blanding's Turtle.
• Pollution will potentially be generated by (silica) dust, silt, and run-off from blasting and crushing. Any pollution flowing into Harvey Lake and the adjacent wetlands could end up further down the drainage chain in Kawagama Lake and Lake of Bays.
Although the Applicant has indicated they will be reducing the annual production limit to 75,000 tonnes per year, by the calculations submitted with the report, this could still generate 15 deliveries and return trips per hour over cottage country roads.
The Applicant has also indicated that they intend more modest levels of operations, but has yet to explain why the massive tonnage and footprint are not future risks to resident of the Livingstone Lake and McClintock Road area.
A great deal of detail surrounding the application and objections raised are included on this site. We are certain that as you see further details, you will want to support our battle.