The Greenbelt Alliance understands that aggregates, a finite resource, are important to our communities – we use them to build our homes, schools, hospitals, businesses and roads.

At the same time, the ongoing extraction of sand and gravel represents a truck-sized loophole in Greenbelt protection. The often massive open pits used to feed a steady stream of trucks carrying sand and gravel away from the Greenbelt and adjacent areas have a wide range of effects, including destroying wildlife habitat, consuming vast amounts of water, and releasing harmful air emissions. The Greenbelt Alliance continues to monitor aggregate operations that can threaten the integrity of the Greenbelt.