Border Paving Ltd. has filed an application under the provisions of the Water Act for construction of an end pit lake and groundwater disturbance located in the NW 18-037-05-W5. This is at the headwaters of the North Raven River (Stauffer Creek) and could easily damage one of the best trout streams in Alberta. Right next to this proposed development are two conservation sites jointly purchased by ACA, Trout Unlimited Canada, and Alberta Fish and Game Association specifically for the purpose of protecting the groundwater feeding this stream. Even a minor change to the groundwater flow volume or velocity could have a major negative impact on overwintering and spawning areas for the brown and brook trout and could affect the number and type of aquatic invertebrates.
If you fish this stream or are a member of TUC or AFGA please consider letting Alberta Environment know your concerns as soon as possible. You can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org referencing the application number: 001-00390571. They ask that you: Describe concerns that are relevant to matters regulated by the Water Act. · Explain how the filer of the concern will be directly affected by the activity and/or diversion of water proposed in the application. · Provide the legal land location of the land owned or used by the filer where the concerns described or believed to be applicable (the conservation sites are SW19-37-05-W5(Leavitt site) and NW17-37-05-W5 (Stainbrooke). · State the distance between the land owned or used by the filer and the site in the application (they’re adjacent to the proposed construction area) · Contact information including the full name and mailing address of the filer · The phone number and/or email address for ease of contact.
Even an email as simple as saying please hold off on any approval for this until and unless there’s some study of the possible impact of digging into the springs feeding the North Raven might help in protecting this stream.