Best Practices for Excess Soil Management

In the province of Ontario how do we manage excess soil?

Over 25 million cubic metres of excess soil needs to be managed each year in Ontario. In 2014 the province issued a Best Management Practice to guide the  industry in how to best manage excess soils in order to protect the environment and promote beneficial reuse, but it had little effect. In 2017 the province pushed this initiative farther by releasing a regulatory proposal for Excess Soil Management. The initial intent was to implement the regulatory framework by Jan 1, 2018. Thankfully the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has listened to many of the comments they received from their ERB posting and have committed to a number of changes for the implementation and focus of the regulation:

1) An ammended phased-in approach for the regulation was put forth, implementing reuse standards in 2020 and excess soil management plans and registry requirements in 2021;

2) A recognition that excess soil should be seen first and foremost as a resource rather than a waste;

3) And changes to what triggers an Excess Soil Management Plan (ESMP) being required.

For further details on excess soil management take a look at the following presentation by the Province of Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change from the Canadian Urban Institute Symposium in 2017.


Cutting-edge Hydro-Vac and Coring Services Now Offered by Wessuc, Leaders in the Industry

Continuously improving by leveraging technological advancements to meet the needs of customers while balancing environmental and safety priorities, Wessuc now provides hydro-vac and coring services

NEWS RELEASE – February 21, 2018Wessuc is pleased to announce the expansion of services and capabilities by offering coring and hydro-vac services to new and existing customers. The introduction of these services is just another step in-line with Wessuc’s mission, to leverage technological advancements to make an environmentally safer place to live, work, and play.

Coring services are ideal when access to underground utilities and/or localized excavation are required, but open excavation is not possible. Hydro-vac services are employed to break up and remove soil when traditional digging is unfeasible.

Wessuc’s coring services are enabled by the cutting edge technology of the new Trailicor Rover by Utilicor Technologies. The Trailicor Rover is the first towable, self-propelled coring unit that can accurately core up to 24-inch diameter cores in minutes. The Trailicor Rover technologically advanced features and benefits include:

  • Smooth and precise, commercial grade, hydrostatic drive propulsion system
  • Easily maneuvered into tight and restricted work sites
  • Equipped with the industry standard, field proven, robust Utilicor hydraulic coring system
  • Four hydraulic powered stabilizer for a rock solid coring platform
  • Premium maneuverability
  • Integrated water tanks
  • Rugged, front-facing camera with waterproof viewing screen that provides driver with a full 120° angled view of everything in front of the vehicle

“Infrastructure maintenance is a key aspect of environmental protection. Our coring equipment enables Wessuc to service our clients in a cost-effective and expedient manner. Underground utilities can be accessed for visual inspection, maintenance, and repair. This can all be done with minimal site disruption.” said Hank VanVeen, Vice President of Wessuc. We are continuously seeking new ways to provide services and guidance to support the industry including our blogs and case studies where we feature topics like dewatering, sludge removal, biosolids, agricultural nutrient management and more.”

For more information about Wessuc’s hydro-vac and coring services, please contact your local Regional Sales Manager:

North Ontario: Lorne McCallum – lorne (at)

West Ontario: Frank Hartshorne – frank (at)

South Ontario: Adrian Tod – adrian.tod (at)

About Wessuc

Established in 2000, Wessuc is a family owned and operated business that cares about the environment and how our operations affect it. We don’t just pump, clean, inspect, and haul. We continue to expand our services and our capabilities to a make a greener and environmentally safer place to live, work, and play.

We do all of this with a safety-first mindset and a quest for the latest in technological advances. We’re dedicated to constantly improving our processes and finding new ways to meet the needs of our customers. The status quo is never enough and at Wessuc it never will be.

It’s why we’re the leader in our industry and the reason our relationships with clients go beyond to just getting the job done. We really do care about and are proud of everything we do. It’s in our DNA and the only way we know how to do business.