Pits & Quarries

Primary responsibilities of the Pits & Quarries Division are to:
  • Supply and stockpile materials for road maintenance activities.
  • Provide materials storage areas.
  • Provide staging areas for road projects.
Supplying Materials  
  • Directly affects the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Division of Public Works.
  • Enables the Maintenance Crew easy access to the necessary rock, pit run gravel, and other materials used to complete road maintenance projects in a timely fashion.
  • This service allows for the least impact on county residents and visitors.
  • Minimal cost to county taxpayers.

Storage Areas

 
  • Pits provide storage areas for materials purchased for M&O road maintenance use.
  • Staging areas for contracted road construction projects.
  • Security at all hours for pits and quarries is high.

Mining Operations

  • No mining currently occurs at the several pits and quarries located throughout Whatcom County.
  • Currently there are two active pits, Siper and Abel, permitted for mining pit run.
  • Private companies are contracted to crush rock and stock pile it at the pits. 

Monitoring for Water Quality

          
  • Every active pit and quarry is monitored for water quality.
  • Monitoring is undertaken at areas that accumulate  stormwater  runoff.
  • The Washington Department of Ecology receives quarterly reports on the data.

 

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