Citizens for Safe Ground Water (CSGW) is a Non-profit Organization in Wilmot Township CFSGW-google-map-1056pxW.jpgprotecting the Region of Waterloo's groundwater (aka the Waterloo Moraine) from industrial aggregate industry activity.

Our Goals:
● Protect the safety, quality and supply of OUR water
● Protect the safety and prosperity of our township and communities

While recognizing the need for aggregate in our flourishing and developing region, we believe that the protection of our environment, farmland, and water supply in our changing climate is paramount.




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Hallman Pit Campaign

In an area protected by the Clean Water Act, an application has been submitted for a new aggregate licence at 1824-1922 Witmer Road.

Waterloo Region is in a position to lose approximately 150 acres of prime farmland to another open pit mine. The Hallman pit application is to extract up to 750,000 tonnes of aggregate annually, as well as asphalt recycling, concrete recycling, and 5 wash ponds. The aggregate will be extracted to within 1.5 metres of the water table.

The operation of a gravel pit has the potential to use an immense amount of water and removes the very sand and gravel that cleans and filters the water below. Approximately 40% of said property encompasses a “recharge area” for municipal wellheads (K-50 and K-51) which serve as 7% of the Region of Waterloo’s (Integrated Urban System) drinking water source. The cities and towns of Cambridge, Elmira, Kitchener, St. Jacobs, Lloyd Brown, Waterloo, St Agatha, Baden, New Hamburg, Mannheim and Shingletown all use this Integrated Urban System.

1824-1922 Witmer Road is a part of our local sustainable food system AND vital to providing clean, naturally filtered water to our Region for generations to come.


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    Porch Photo Session

    C4SGW is working with local photographer Jack Schmelzle of Spruce Grove Photos to let the public see the faces of the folks who could be affected by the Proposed Gravel pit. 

    We encourage you to take the opportunity for a family porch photo session for only $35 dollars! In doing so you will also be helping the campaign to stop the proposed Hallman pit!

     For the time being the Porch Sessions will be available to anyone in Shingletown and more people will have an opportunity in the coming months! 

    The porch session will include 3 photos, 2 portraits of your choosing and one photo that will be a somber photo of you and your family in order to tell the story of the people whom this gravel pit would affect.  All for only $35 dollars! 

    You can sign up at www.sprucegrovephotos.com by selecting “Porch Photos” and providing your information. 

    Thank you to Jack Schmelzle of  Spruce Grove Photos for this wonderful opportunity to make our faces visible! 

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