Seeking your input on ARA Review

gwo-logo-webSeeking your input on ARA Review

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is currently preparing to review the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA). Gravel Watch will be submitting issues and recommendations to the review committee.  If you have any suggestions that you feel should be included in the Gravel Watch submission, please send your comments to Lorraine Symmes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 1st. These can include high level concerns as well as detailed recommendations.

Here are the documents that would be impacted by the Review:

1.             Aggregate Resources Act

2.             Aggregate Resources Provincial Standards Version 1

3.             Aggregate Policies and Procedures Manual 2006

4.             Ontario Regulation 244/97 General (regulations associated with the ARA)

5.             Risk Based Compliance Handbook for Aggregate Inspections Dec 2011 Queens Printer 627 ISBN 978-1-4435-7378-8 (not generally available to the public)

Want to help out? Are you interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting involved in preparing the Gravel Watch submission? Put your name forward to participate in the Gravel Watch task force. You can participate remotely via email and phone – no face-to-face meetings are required.

Environmental Assessments

See Tanya Markvart's "Basic Requirements for Environmental Assessments of Pits and Quarries" at