The SVA, for the Coalition for Landfill Accountability, joined with Greenspace Alliance and the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre in expressing concerns about the impact on wildlife caused by destruction of vegetation at the new landfill site.
December 18, 2015
To: Mayor Jim Watson
Cc: Waste Management, City Councillors
Re: Vegetation destruction at the Waste Management landfill expansion.
The new landfill proposed by Waste Management for their site along Carp Road has received the last
remaining provincial approval and soon will be cleared for development. The Site Plan which was
recently approved with conditions by the City of Ottawa shows that a significant amount of green space
will be removed for the landfill development.
In all nearly 25 hectares of vegetation are to be removed which include 9.5 hectares of significant forest
containing important interior forest habitat and 4 hectares of wetlands. The remainder is an open
meadow environment. These open green spaces are currently home to a wide variety of animals and
diverse vegetation communities including some species on the endangered list.
As part of the approved Site Plan, Waste Management will replace these lost green spaces with
compensation lands that plant new areas of vegetation amounting to the same acreage as the green
space to be removed. Unfortunately these compensation lands will not replace the complex structure
and connectivity of the wildlife habitat to be removed. It will take decades before mature forests are
The removal of these natural green spaces will have significant impact on the wildlife that now call them
home and safe movement corridors. The Ottawa Official Plan directive to be wildlife-sensitive in its
practices was established to assure that planning and development in the city would take account of
wildlife and minimize the impacts on wildlife. In recognition of this directive the city recently introduced
the “Protocol for Wildlife Protection during Construction”. Nowhere in the Site Plan is it mentioned that
this city protocol will be applied during removal of green spaces and construction of the landfill. The City
should make it a requirement in the Host Municipal Responsibility Agreement now being negotiated.
In 2006, Waste Management received recognition for its contribution to wildlife habitat conservation in
the form of a Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification for the Carp Road site, thus it should openly
acknowledge the value of the Wildlife Protocol and implement it during construction of the new landfill
to minimize the impact on wildlife. If not, the displacement of wildlife is certain to cause many
problems for the surrounding residents and businesses.
We urge the City and Waste Management to meet with us to outline plans and discuss how our
concerns can be addressed.
President Stittsville Village Association
Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre
– Arcadia Community Association (Kanata)
– Crossing Bridge Residents Association (Stittsville)
– Huntley Manor Community Association (West Carleton)
– Fairwinds Community Association (Stittsville)
– Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (Kanata)
– Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association (Kanata)
– Jackson Trails Community Association (Stittsville)
– Richardson Corridor Community Association (West Carleton)
– SouthWest Stittsville Community Association (Stittsville)
– Stittsville Village Association (Stittsville)
– Ward 5 Citizens Council (West Carleton)
See the signed letter at the following link: Green space letter Dec 18 2015