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1 Is Maracas Valley in Crisis?

2 Quarrying Quarrying Traffic Congestion Traffic Congestion Denuding of the Hillsides Denuding of the Hillsides Water Shortages Water Shortages ISSUES IN THE VALLEY

3 Quarrying Quarrying Traffic Congestion Traffic Congestion Denuding of the Hillsides Denuding of the Hillsides Water Shortages Water Shortages Impact of Ortinola Quarry Impact of Ortinola Quarry

4 Coosals Quarry 200 t/day – 300t/day FEB 2004 JAN 2005

5 Coosals Quarry Nov 2007

6 El Chorro Quarry - no longer in operation 100 t/day – 150t/day

7 Proposed Ortinola Quarry Area 19 acres-NO CEC REQUIRED! Area 19 acres-NO CEC REQUIRED! Estimated capacity: t/day Estimated capacity: t/day Upstream WASA's Acono Water Works; one of only two water catchment areas in Maracas Valley. Upstream WASA's Acono Water Works; one of only two water catchment areas in Maracas Valley.

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9 Proposed Ortinola Quarry Area

10 Proposed Caurita Quarry Area 10 Hectares - NO CEC REQUIRED Area 10 Hectares - NO CEC REQUIRED

11 CAN THE VALLEY SUPPORT ANOTHER QUARRY? ANOTHER QUARRY WILL PUT US OVER THE EDGE!

12 Quarrying Quarrying Traffic Congestion Traffic Congestion Denuding of the Hillsides Denuding of the Hillsides Water Shortages Water Shortages Impact of Ortinola Quarry Impact of Ortinola Quarry

13 Traffic!!

14 Traffic Summary Present capacity of the Maracas Royal Road: 800 to 1000 vehicles/hr Present capacity of the Maracas Royal Road: 800 to 1000 vehicles/hr Present usage of the Maracas Royal Road: 738 vehicles/hr (morning peak, south bound direction)‏ Present usage of the Maracas Royal Road: 738 vehicles/hr (morning peak, south bound direction)‏ Maracas Royal Road is currently close to maximum capacity ! Maracas Royal Road is currently close to maximum capacity !

15 January 2002 Heavy Trucks did not help this Situation

16 and in October 2007….

17 And in February 2008

18 CAN THE MARACAS ROYAL ROAD SUPPORT MORE HEAVY VEHICLES?

19 Quarrying Quarrying Traffic Congestion Traffic Congestion Denuding of the Hillsides Denuding of the Hillsides Water Shortages Water Shortages Impact of Ortinola Quarry Impact of Ortinola Quarry

20 Acono

21 As a result of deforestation & slash and burnAs a result of deforestation & slash and burn As a result of poor land clearance for housing developments

22 Satellite imagery Mountain View

23 Satellite imagery Valley View

24 Satellite imagery Acono

25 View from the ground Acono (2002)‏

26 Acono February 2008

27 Maracas Gardens as seen from Mountain View (January 2005)‏

28 Poolside 2005

29 Buena Vista at the Entry to the Valley (2002)‏

30 Maracas Gardens (2002)‏

31 House surrounded by Water!

32 More Flooding-2007

33 SHOULD THERE BE MORE REMOVAL OF HILLSIDE COVER? No! It is also the cause of flooding in the Caroni Plain

34 Quarrying Quarrying Traffic Congestion Traffic Congestion Denuding of the Hillsides Denuding of the Hillsides Water Supply Water Supply Impact of Ortinola Quarry Impact of Ortinola Quarry

35 MARACAS VALLEY IS A SENSITIVE WATERSHED AREA

36 Maracas Valley: Facts and Figures Population Maracas Valley population growth is 6 times the national average !

37 Level Of Service (LOS) measured on a five class scale Level Of Service (LOS) measured on a five class scale Class hours per week or continuous supply Class 2120 to 168 hours per week Class 3 84 to 120 hours per week Class 448 to 84 hours per week Class 5Less than 48 hours per week Maracas Valley predominantly in classes 3 and 4. There is scope for improvement Water Situation

38 2000 Water Supply: 5,800 m 3 /day 2000 Water Supply: 5,800 m 3 /day 2000 Water Demand: 5,900 m 3 /day 2000 Water Demand: 5,900 m 3 /day 2000 Water Balance (Supply Versus Demand) 2000 water balance is at a near equilibrium

39 Ortinola Quarry would negatively affect the water balance of Maracas Valley as follows: Ortinola Quarry would negatively affect the water balance of Maracas Valley as follows: 2010 Water Supply: 4,700 m 3 /day (19% decrease as compared to 2007 figures) 2010 Water Supply: 4,700 m 3 /day (19% decrease as compared to 2007 figures) 2010 Water Demand: 7,000 m 3 /day (19% increase as compared to 2007 figures) 2010 Water Demand: 7,000 m 3 /day (19% increase as compared to 2007 figures) 2010 Water Balance (Supply Versus Demand) 2010 Water Deficit (1-2): 2,300 m3/day (33% of 2010 water demand !!!) 2010 Water Deficit (1-2): 2,300 m3/day (33% of 2010 water demand !!!)

40 Water Balance (Supply Versus Demand)

41 Ortinola and Caurita quarries will result in: Increased loading of the Maracas Royal Rd. Decrease of hillside cover Increased flooding Chronic water shortages and scheduling Impact of Proposed Ortinola and Caurita Quarries

42 Ortinola and Caurita quarries will result in: Reduced water quality Increased incidences of water borne diseases etc. Increase in air pollution creating respiratory problems and lowering of life expectancy (vehicles, quarry blasts)‏ Impact of Proposed Ortinola and Caurita Quarries

43 Is Maracas Valley in Crisis? Yes!

44 CAN THE VALLEY SUPPORT ANOTHER QUARRY? NO

45 ALTERNATIVES Import aggregate - A study has indicated that the cost of imported aggregate is similar to that of locally produced material Import aggregate - A study has indicated that the cost of imported aggregate is similar to that of locally produced material Eco-Tourism Eco-Tourism


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