Provincial Water Act Application
Water Act Application
February 28, 2023
The Environmental Appeals Board hearing was held over Nov 2,3,4, and 7 – grueling 10 hour days. The evidence was not completed. The hearing was scheduled and continued on January 31 and February 1, 2023. This completed the oral hearing. Written closing arguments were prepared and exchanged by the parties and completed on March 28, 2023. The EAB will write their decision and submit it as a recommendation to the Environment Minister (after the May 29, 2023 election). The appellants presented a strong case for the Minister to overturn the approval. Please reach out to the EAB for publicly available information.
June 21, 2022
Hearing scheduled for November 2,3,4, and 7, 2022
November 30, 2021
Hearing scheduled for three days beginning May 16, 2022
May 12, 2021
The Environmental Appeals Board hearing is yet to be determined.
January 28, 2021
The Environmental Appeals Board postponed the Februray 23, 24, 25 scheduled hearing to a date to be determined. Consideration is being reconsidered for more “Directly Affected” individuals.
October 28, 2020
Save the Rosebud filed arguments to the Environmental Appeals Board including three expert reports
April 1, 2020
The Environmental Appeals Board notified 5 people and 2 corporations they would be considered “Directly Affected” for the Appeal
January 20, 2020
Save the Rosebud filed Notice of Appeal for 27 appellants.
January 8, 2020
Director Todd Aasen issued an approval for the infilling and modification of five wetlands and a stormwater plan.
May 2, 2018
Save the Rosebud submitted 57 Statements of Concern to Alberta Environment and Parks Director Todd Aasen. Of those letters 17 people were considered to be “Directly Affected”
January 31, 2018
Alberta Environment and Parks Red Deer Approvals team reports they have not received a Wetlands Impact Assessment. The application is not complete.
January 15, 2018
Alberta Environment and Parks Red Deer Approvals team received application for a storm water management system under the Water Act. The application is not complete.
December 6, 2017
Alberta Environment and Parks Red Deer Approvals team received application for a storm water management system and a waste water treatment system under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
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.
Letter from Red Deer Water Office
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 firstname.lastname@example.org