A local biologist says the City of Ottawa might have inadvertently created a major environmental problem dealing with the emerald ash borer.
The city has been cutting trees infested with the pest in an effort to prevent the spread of the beetles and lessen the damage to the city’s trees.
But dealing with the trees after they have been cut has proved problematic. A pile of ash trunks, about the size of a football field and five metres high, now sits at the Trail Road landfill.
While the trees may be dead, contractor and biologist Burt van Ingen said the beetles are starting to fly from the site, hitching rides from trucks moving in and out of the dump.
“Now, they fly, and they land on your windshield, they fall in the back of your trailer or they land on a garbage truck, and they go for a nice long ride. And when they get the opportunity, away they go,” said van Ingen.