Provincial Water Act Application

Water Act Application


September 19, 2023

The EAB will submit their decision to the Environment Minister March of 2024 or later. Please reach out to the EAB for publicly available information.

Board letter Sept 19, 2023, hearing closed decision delayed to March, 2024

Status-of-Appeals (EAB document as of November 13, 2023)

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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.

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June 21, 2022

Hearing scheduled for November 2,3,4, and 7, 2022

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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.

August, 2016

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.”

May, 2016

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

March, 2016

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

Water Act Application Process Details

Save the Rosebud Attends Wheatland County Council Meeting

July, 2015

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

July, 2015

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

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