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Current Gravel Pit Applications

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Proposed Landfill in Zorra

The Township of Zorra has been advised that Walker Environmental Group will be seeking regulatory approvals including an Environmental Assessment from the province of Ontario to locate a landfill in a mined-out portion of a quarry owned by Carmeuse Lime. The property is located in Lots 14 and 15, Concession 3 (North Oxford) north of the CN rail line and west of County Road 6.    

Mayor Margaret Lupton stated, “First and foremost the Township is concerned about the potential for serious long-term impacts on the Township and its residents. The Township will need to have the proposal carefully reviewed by independent experts and will seek public consultation on the proposal throughout the Environmental Assessment process. The Township will actively participate in the Environmental Assessment process with a team of experts that will assist Council and the residents. Once the Township has a full understanding of the proposal and its potential impacts and has fully consulted with the public, the Township will take an informed position on the proposal."

proposed site

The Township has retained Peter Pickfield as legal counsel to assist the Township throughout this process. Mr. Pickfield has considerable experience in providing advice to municipalities concerning landfill projects.   

Further Information: Walker Environmental Group has established a website and an office in Ingersoll at 160 Carnegie Street to provide further information on this proposal. Click here to visit the Walker website.

May 19, 2020 - Zorra Mayor Ryan released an information backgrounder outlining the Township’s role in the review of Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal. Click here to view the backgrounder.

Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee

The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee is the voice of the municipalities most directly affected by a proposal for a large-scale landfill in southwestern Ontario: Zorra Township, the Town of Ingersoll, the Township of South-West Oxford, and the County of Oxford, which comprises Oxford's eight local area municipalities. A website has been setup to keep residents informed about the process, including a timeline of events, as well as reports and news releases. Visit the JMCC website.

OPAL Alliance

"OPAL Alliance at its core is a group of concerned taxpayers and business owners that have banded together to stop this proposed landfill. Our membership includes people of all walks of life from industrial roofing to computer programming. We all live and enjoy our lives in Oxford County and many of us have significant family history here. The last thing any of us want to see is for our home, Oxford County, become a dump site for the rest of Ontario's garbage."  Quote from OPAL website. Visit the OPAL website by clicking here

Harrington and Embro Dams

Project Preliminary Information - Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA)

Class Environmental Assessments for Harrington and Embro Dams

Harrington Dam is located at 963656 Road 96, Lot 30, Concession 2, Township of Zorra, Oxford County in the Harrington Conservation Area. (Lat. 43O14’27” N, Long. 80O59’32” W)

Embro Dam is located at 843970 Road 84, Lot 15, Concession 4, Township of Zorra, Oxford County in the Embro Conservation Area. (Lat. 43O10’09” N, Long. 80O54’55” W)

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) will be undertaking Class Environmental Assessment studies to determine a course of action for each the Harrington Dam and Embro Dam in the Township of Zorra. Over the next few weeks, field crews from Ecosystem Recovery Inc. and the UTRCA will be visiting both sites to collect data so that the studies can be carried out using up to date information. A ‘Notice of Intent’ is expected to be posted in May to mark the study commencement and to provide further information on the studies and next steps. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact R. Goldt, Supervisor, Water Control Structures for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority at 519-451-2800 x 244. For more information, visit the UTRCA website.

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

The UTRCA’s mission statement is "Inspiring a healthy environment." The 17 municipalities within the upper Thames watershed appoint representatives to the UTRCA’s Board of Directors. The directors represent the local urban and rural communities, deciding policies and programs that will lead to a healthy watershed.  Some of the UTRCA's programs and services include:

  • flood/water control
  • environmental planning
  • watershed planning
  • environmental monitoring
  • research
  • soil conservation
  • forestry
  • conservation areas
  • lands & facilities
  • environmentally significant areas
  • community partnerships
  • drinking water source protection
  • service cost centres

Please visit the UTRCA website for more information.

Noxious Weeds

A noxious weed or injurious weed is a weed that has been designated by an agricultural authority as one that is injurious to agricultural or horticultural crops, natural habitats or ecosystems, or humans or livestock. Most noxious weeds have been introduced into an ecosystem by ignorance, mismanagement, or accident.

If you require assistance, contact the County of Oxford, Weed Inspector, 519-539-9800, extension 3132.