SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Thanks to the Springfield Environmental Commission and many volunteers, about 200 people were able to enjoy and learn more about Springfield’s Houdaille Quarry during a 90+ minute hike that included several mini lectures Sunday afternoon. 

The guide giving the tour was Howard Apsan.  Howard is a volunteer Lieutenant in Springfield’s Auxiliary Police and University Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at CUNY.  He began with some history of the quarry, which started being actively used around 100 years ago.  Its last big mining job was for the construction of I-78.  It has been dormant since.

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The hike included views of the largest municipal composting facility in Union County.  Once more leaves fall the facility should be much fuller as more wind rows are created.  Then the group was led down past many rock walls toward a pond and a view of I-78.  Standing below I-78 the group saw many of the marks in the rock walls made during its construction.  They also saw old machines used to mine the quarry that were left behind when the effort ended.

A good time was had by all.