Spill Prevention Reminder from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has asked the Grape Growers of Ontario to remind all members about the management of grape harvest waste.  In the past, the MOECC has been involved in incidents where grape waste was stored outside near creeks, ponds, stormwater catchbasins or ditches.  Runoff from grape waste resulting from harvest operations has the potential to spill into creeks, ponds, catchbasins or ditches and be discharged off-site.  This run-off can appear as a black odorous material high in organic matter which in a watercourse can consume aquatic life sustaining oxygen, and impair the quality of water for fish and other aquatic organisms.

During this busy harvest season, it is important to keep an eye out for potential spills and prevent them from occurring.  If you want more information on spill prevention, contact your local MOECC District Office.  Contact information can be found on the Ontario government website www.ontario.ca.. When a spill does occur, the owner is responsible for reporting it to the MOECC and take actions to clean it up in a timely manner.  Report any spills to the MOECC through the Spills Action Centre which is staffed 24 hours/day at 1-800-268-6060.