2022 Aggregates Industry Photo of the Year

Thank you to all those who submitted photos to the ROCKtober 2022 Photo Contest! The winning photos showed what is happening in NSSGA Member facilities and answer this prompt: “Our Aggregates and Industrial Sand Products Used in the Community.”

2022 Aggregates Industry Photo of the Year: "Levee Rock in a Deflector"

WA Rock

The Upper Nisqually River Levee Retrofit project added deflectors to the bank of the Nisqually River. The deflectors reduce water velocity and direct water away from the shoreline, slowing shoreline erosion and reducing damage to the levee. The Nisqually River is fed by the Nisqually Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park and flows along Route 706 and the town of Ashford, which connects visitors to the park via the Nisqually Entrance. Washington Rock produced nearly 7,000 tons of levee rock specifically for this project. Each piece of levee rock weighed between 6 and 15 tons. Washington Rock also provided over 1,500 tons of tailings and base course. 


During construction, the river was diverted away from the levee. This picture was taken a year later, just outside the boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park. The park is visited by about 2 million people every year, and the Nisqually Entrance is the most popular point of access. It was interesting to visit a year later and see how the river and local wildlife have interacted with the deflectors.


- Eve Hart, Washington Rock Quarries

2nd Place: "Mamaroneck Harbor"


In this photo, our aggregates from our Wingdale, NY quarry were used to create HMA at our Bronx, NY HMA plant. This HMA was used to repave parking lots near a local sports park in the village of Mamaroneck Harbor, NY, in the days leading up to the community's 2022 Memorial Day parade. 

- Rob Smith, Peckham Industries

3rd Place: "Rip Rap on the Mississippi River"


The US Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District contracted Wendling to supply 50,000 tons of 400 pound rip rap to be delivered onto government barges located on the Upper Mississippi River in Pool 13 adjacent to Savanna, IL. The rip rap is being placed in areas and on islands in the river to control the direction of the water as it flows down the river to keep the channel deep enough for barge traffic to travel up and down the Mississippi.

- Morgan Schuler, Wendling Quarries

Honorable Mention: "Football Field"


This photo shows a new high school football field being constructed in Cedar Falls, Iowa. You can see the D3 Caterpillar dozer is spreading 3/8” Washed chips over the subbase material. These will then be covered by artificial turf. You can also see a contractor laying hot mix asphalt which includes natural sand, manufactured sand, and crushed limestone. All materials supplied on this project were from BMC locations near Cedar Falls. 


- Ben Dinsdale, BMC Aggregates