German Mills Meadow & Natural Habitat
Located in the German Mills community – south of John Street and west of Leslie Street – within the City of Markham, the German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat is located on the former Sabiston Landfill Site. This Landfill Site (A - 10 hectares) which includes the East Fill Area (B - 16 hectares), covers a total of 26 hectares.
After the Site was capped, Markham purchased the land in October 1983, and is responsible for its ongoing maintenance and monitoring.
The City installed a gas collection system in 1985, a methane gas monitoring program in 1999 and an environmental monitoring program in 2003. This program currently includes:
- Gas monitoring at the north, west, and south boundaries of the site
- Seven surface water monitoring stations in German Mills Creek
- Groundwater monitoring
- 10 locations with 10 wells
- 2 piezometers next to the creek
The Groundwater monitoring process compares samples taken from various locations on the site:
- Background / up-gradient of the landfill
- Within the landfill and east-fill areas
- Next to German Mills Creek
- Down-gradient of the landfill area
Results of the City’s ongoing monitoring program have indicated:
- Landfill is still producing leachate
- Groundwater quality down-gradient of the Site has higher concentrations of leachate contaminants compared to background/up-gradient levels
- The following contaminants are present at levels that exceed the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Regulatory Requirements:
- arsenic, chloride
- total dissolved solids (TDS)
- dissolved organic compounds (DOC)
- vinyl chloride
- tri-chloroethene (TCE)
- di-chloroethene (DCE)
It is unknown how far the groundwater impacts have travelled down-gradient of the Site or deeper into the aquifer. As a result, the City’s consultant has recommended the installation of 11 new groundwater monitoring wells in eight locations on the Site to assess groundwater conditions down-gradient and in the deeper aquifer. This installation work will begin in late February or early March 2014 and will take about three weeks to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- January 29, 2014 – German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat Liaison Committee: Presentation [PDF]
- October 9, 2013 - German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat Liaison Committee #2: AMEC Presentation [PDF]
- September 30, 2013 - German Mills Meadow and Natural Habitat Liaison Committee #1: Presentation [PDF]
- Winter 2014 Update Brochure [PDF]