WINNIPEG — Manitoba officials are offering more than $5.5 million for 55 quarry rehabilitation projects as part of the province’s quarry rehabilitation program. The projects will remediate quarries on private and municipal land.
“The program was created specifically to ensure depleted pits and quarries are rehabilitated to a condition that is safe and environmentally stable,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler in a press release. “Our government is pleased to see so many projects moving forward and are encouraged by the environmental benefits as a result of the program, as well as the added bonus of boosting our economy by supporting this additional work.”
The program was launched earlier this year with an application intake period. The program offers support of up to $200,000 for eligible projects such as sloping and grading; moving oversize boulders and other materials; spreading topsoil; and seeding graded areas.
Officials said applications were reviewed to ensure they met the eligibility requirements and the scope of the projects were reasonable. The province also put applications through a risk assessment process by an independent consultant.
For more information on the Quarry Rehabilitation on Private Land and Municipal Land Program, visit www.gov.mb.ca/iem/mines/quarry_rehab/index.html