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Gardner quarry informational meeting date set

The Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department will hold an informational meeting on November 2nd on the proposed Stevenson Pier Road quarry in the Town of Gardner. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, people are asked to join by phone or computer, rather than in person. There are restrictions on who can present to the department. Only parties directly affected by the mine’s potential operations can weigh in, although Conservationist Greg Coulthurst says that the organization has taken steps to extend participation beyond what is required by law.

 


Soil and Water Conservation only looks at reclamation, or the plan to restore the site after the quarry’s operations have wrapped up. For the Gardner location, the developer is looking to lay down eight inches of subsoil, four inches of topsoil, and seed the grounds with a mix of native species. Coulthurst says that it could also potentially be used for farmland. Financial assurance is a stipulation that could be placed on the site, which involves the developer setting aside funds to guarantee the reclamation plan can be carried out.


The quarry would not be close to any navigable waterways, so the Department of Natural Resources does not have the authority to oversee the reclamation approval process. It is conducting a separate review of the stormwater runoff plan. According to the reclamation plan on file, the quarry is projected to be in operation for 20-40 years. It is available here.

 

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