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Largest Donation in METRO’s History Cited in Special Recognition Award
Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) gave a Special Recognition Mined Land Reclamation Award posthumously to Robert D. Traverso formerly of Canby Sand & Gravel on June 23, 2016. The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding commitment and dedication in promoting and furthering the aggregate industry in Oregon. Bob passed away unexpectedly in December 2015.
Bob was owner of the River Island aggregate site in 1996, when the Clackamas River changed course and blew right through the mine site. The entire mine operation was a complete loss. Access to the processing area was gone. In order to clean the site up, Bob contracted with a salvage company – to the tune of $125/minute or $7,500/hr. All equipment was removed. Bob then contracted with an engineering firm to restore the site and ensure long-term stability. Bob then donated 138 acres to Metro, and then sold another 109 acres at half the appraised value, to METRO for a total donation of approximately $1.15M, the largest donation in METRO history. The River Island site is now a 240 acre restoration area open to the public.
Bob acquired Canby Sand & Gravel and won several DOGAMI awards over the years for operation and reclamation. Protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat was always the main goal for Bob. An osprey nest, located within 100 yards of the processing plant, has been occupied for years. Even before mining is complete, award winning reclamation has been accomplished. Riparian areas have been protected and expanded along the Molalla River. Bob has left a legacy of exceptional fish and wildlife habitat. His personal reclamation standards far exceeded the requirements of statute or rule. The Canby site could be reclaimed to a post-mine industrial use, a simple and easy reclamation plan. However, from day one it was Bob’s dream to reclaim, even exempt pre-law areas, to premiere fish and wildlife habitat. He succeeded in meeting that dream. OCAPA Annual Conference Page: List of other MLRR Award winners Award descriptions here: Awards & Recognition
Environmental Product Declarations (EPD's) for Oregon's Concrete just got easier
As market forces change, consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious of their product choices. In response, OCAPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have partnered to provide free access to an online EPD tool and a cost reimbursement program to help any Oregon concrete producer get EPD labels for their mix designs. See more