Provincial Water Act Application
Water Act Application
November 20, 2017
Application has not been submitted to date.
March 1, 2017
Alberta Environment and Parks withdrew the application when Badlands Recreation Development Corporation failed to submit an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act wastewater management system application.
A new application in the future will be evaluated based on 2015 Wetland Policies.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips promises in a letter to Save the Rosebud
“Once both applications [Water Act and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act] are received by Environment and Parks, a rigorous review process is conducted on a case-by-case basis to ensure any unmitigated impacts do not have a significant effect on the environment including wetlands and species at risk. Until we have the applications our department will not have enough information to make any assessment about what other kinds of authorizations may be required.”
Badlands made application to Alberta Environment and Parks office in Red Deer (February, 2015) for approval to fill in two wetlands and use the rest in their engineered stormwater management plan.
We believe if 2015 Wetland Policies are enforced Badlands should not receive approval. In our opinion the proponent’s environmental report and stormwater plan submitted with the application support that after mitigations, the risk to the habitat and the watershed of this avoidable development are much too great in an environmentally significant area.
Correspondence from the Provincial Red Deer Water Office
Our group received correspondence from the Red Deer water office explaining the process of evaluating the Badlands application under the Water Act.
Save the Rosebud Attends Wheatland County Council Meeting
Save the Rosebud and Cliff Wallis, P.Biol., attended a Wheatland County meeting to discuss our concerns in regards to this application. We asked Wheatland Council to recognize their obligations to protect a shared river valley under the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan and be prepared to submit a Statement of Concern if the Badlands application is published. They agreed and we are very grateful for their support.
Save the Rosebud Sends Information for the Water Act Application
Adjacent landowners sent a series of information emails to the Red Deer Water Office and the Public Lands Dept of Alberta Environment and Parks. This was information we deemed necessary to process the application. Statements of Concern cannot be filed until the application is published. We do not know what newspaper the application will be published in and will only have seven days to file our statements. Lawyer, Hugh Ham, has already drafted a Statement of Concern representing over 100 residents. We are still adding names to that list. Contact email@example.com