Guiding Successful Rural Gravel Management

CPP Environmental is proud to be the creator of the report Got Gravel?: Strategies to Secure Gravel for Rural Municipalities. Since its publication, the report has been implemented by several municipalities to inform Alberta Land-use Framework planning.

We were hired by the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Countries (AAMDC) to formulate a comprehensive and easily accessible report to guide land-planning strategies not only for where gravel extraction can occur, but for how to manage the abundance or scarcity of the resource.

Through stakeholder consultation, an extensive province-wide survey of rural municipalities’ needs, geospatial analysis of gravel reserves, and policy review and evaluation, we were able to confidently provide recommendations to enhance policies and associated procedures for gravel allocation to municipalities. This is important to ensure adequate and affordable gravel supplies for future public works projects.

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 Creating Certainty in Oil Sand Reclamation

CPP Environmental produced the Criteria and Indicators Framework for Oil Sands Mine Reclamation Certification, the Guidelines for Wetland Establishment on Reclaimed Oil Sands Leases (3rd Edition), and the End Pit Lakes Guidance Document for the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA). These documents have significantly improved certainty for regulators, stakeholders, and industry with respect to the reclamation and certification of oil sands mines.

The Criteria and Indicators Framework establishes an outline for decisions about applications for reclamation certification. The end pit lake and wetland guidance documents provide regional guidance with respect to aquatics reclamation planning, construction, monitoring, and management for the end goal of successful reclamation certification. Collectively, these documents have become the definitive resource in Alberta for oil sands mine reclamation.

Prior to the creation of these guidelines, there was no clear or consistent approach to defining design, operational requirements, performance expectations for reclamation, and aquatics reclamation in particular.

We employed a combination of project management of multi-disciplinary teams, data collection and analysis, literature reviews, and in-depth interviews with reclamation personnel and stakeholders to create these ground-breaking guides.

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