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it was feasible to fill in these pits, or
in this case, add enriched topsoil and
use the preexisting slopes to create
a vineyard.
Rawley Hermreck, Riverbench
winery's vineyard manager, could
not pass up the chance to create
the sloping hills of a winery from
scratch. "You have an opportunity
to change the entire configuration
of a vineyard block. This can include
opportunities to make changes to the
grape varietals, row orientation and
vine spacing."
It Takes a Village to
Reclaim a Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley residents and
visitors alike greatly value the local
vineyards and wineries and viticulture dominates the community's
tourism and economy. Ironically, the
innovative-yet-mandated 12-acre
cycle reclamation plan turned out to
be advantageous because it acknowledged this community value.
"I don't think we ever would have
gotten the site permitted without
it," said Will. Although concurrent
reclamation is more expensive and
labor-intensive than traditional reclamation, it was worth the effort in
this case. The company secured access
to valuable, non-renewable resources
and the Riverbench property will
ultimately be integrated with its surrounding environment. "The visual
aspect is very important," Will said.
"I think people appreciate Riverbench
Vineyards more than others when
they learn about the reclamation."
The 40-acre reclaimed vineyard
provides a concrete example of what
the Riverbench property will ultimately look like. "Folks have no idea
a quarry was ever there, and that's
pretty incredible," said Will.
The 40-acre vineyard demonstrates
CalPortland's reclamation abilities and
reflects the company's philosophy of
extract and respect, being good environmental stewards the strive to be
good environmental stewards and
great neighbors. "I'm really proud of
being good stewards of the environment and the area," said Bruce Mercier,
CalPortland's division sales manager.

CalPortland's relationships throughout the region don't just stem from
vineyards. They are close partners
with California Polytechnic State
University, whose students have
worked on other reclamation projects creating habitat for endangered
species and revegetating another
quarry north of Santa Maria. They
have improved agricultural land for a
neighboring farmer with whom they
share a lease. They contribute to local
schools and take leading roles in
events like the Elks rodeo. "We try to
build one-on-one relationships with
our neighbors," said Deveraux, "That
way we can better explain our positions and understand where they're
coming from."
Beyond Peaceful Coexistence
It is clear from visiting CalPortland
that the connections they have fostered throughout the community
are vital to the company's success
and outstanding enhancement reclamation. "We leave the land better than we got it. We do the right
thing, always," said Mercier. The life
of a quarry can span decades and as

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resources become scarce, relationships
and community integration are more
important than ever. Enhancement
reclamation that fits the character
of the community can be a key factor
in achieving local buy-in and obtaining an otherwise impossible permit.
CalPortland's completed vineyard reclamation and long-term Riverbench
operations and reclamation plan are
perfect examples of how aggregates
operators and local communities can
not only peacefully coexist, but mutually benefit one another. The whole
community has found a way to have
their aggregates and eat (or rather,
drink) them too, so to speak.
■
About the Author
Libby Morrison completed two master's degrees at Oregon State University
focusing on the enhancement reclamation of aggregate quarries. She is the
sole proprietor of a small mediation and
facilitation business, Phase Vision, in
Eugene, Ore and also works for Wildish
Sand & Gravel as an Environmental
Specialist. She is a writer and active
education and outreach advocate for
the aggregate industry.



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Aggregates News Blasts
Gallatin Quarry Demonstrates Community Relations Excellence
There and Back Again
Regulatory Reform Efforts Underway
Celebrating 25 Years of Young Leaders
NSSGA @ Work
Rip & Share
Equipment Guide
Index of Advertisers
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Intro
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - cover1
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Aggregates News Blasts
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 11
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Gallatin Quarry Demonstrates Community Relations Excellence
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - There and Back Again
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 20
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 21
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 22
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Regulatory Reform Efforts Underway
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 24
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 25
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 26
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 27
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Celebrating 25 Years of Young Leaders
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 31
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 32
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - NSSGA @ Work
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 34
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Rip & Share
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 36
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - 37
Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Equipment Guide
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Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - July/August 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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