Creating Resilient Ecosystems on Sterile Mining Residue

CIM Montreal 2011
Steve Lalancette,
Abstract Centre Jardin Lac Pelletier (CJLP) has been a leading actor in the revitalisation of closed mining sites in northern Québec for over 20 years. Over that period, CJLP developed a cost-efficient technique that transforms sterile mining residue into a substrate able to support a resilient ecosystem.
Using a unique mix of organic matter, fertilizers and selected plant species, this technique rapidly builds a micro-organic fauna and a layer of humus that will sustain the creation of vegetation coverage. The coverage is composed of over 13 different plant species, each having a unique role in the development of a resilient ecosystem, from soil stabilisation to nitrogen fixing.
Considerably less expensive than traditional methods using civil engineering techniques, it does not require the use of heavy machinery or the spread of topsoil.
This technique has been successfully used to restore over 20 sites in Québec such as Joutel, Yvan Vézina and Louvicourt. It is a proven technique that has passed the test of actual implementation.
The presentation will review the biological, production and economic aspects of the technique through the revitalisation of the Joutel site.
Keywords: Rehabilitation, Innovation, Ecosystem, Revitalisation, Environment, Footprint
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