Friday, March 16, 2007



ASK ALBERTA TO INTERVENE ON NEW TOWN IN BOW VALLEYMoondance Land Co. and a Stoney-Nakoda numbered company have proposed a new town on the old Seebe townsite and adjacent areas along the Bow River. This new town at the mouth of the Bow Valley is proposed to have over 2700 new residential units, translating to over 5600 residents. In contrast, Seebe had 100 residents when TransAlta sold the property in 2004.

This development could have severe impact on water quality of the Bow River and may leave an irreversible footprint on the Bow Valley and its protected areas. Horseshoe Lands, along with other Bow Valley developments, such as Three Sister’s Resort, Deadman’s Flats, Exshaw and others, will continue to fragment the precious wildlife habitat and unique ecosystems of the Bow Valley.

Even with these concerns about water quality and cumulative impacts, the Government of Alberta did not require an Environmental Impact Assessment. The lack of cumulative impact studies in the Bow Valley leave us to rely only on the findings of the developer’s own environmental consultants. As Albertans, let’s let our government know that Horseshoe Lands needs an Environmental Impact Assessment that can be integrated in a land-use framework for the Bow Valley.

Write to our provincial politicians to ask that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be completed for Horseshoe Lands. Subsequently, the EIA should be integrated into an overall land-use framework for the Bow Valley so development can be viewed in the larger picture.

Write to:
The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier E-mail: premier@gov.ab.caThe Honourable Ted Morton, Minister of Sustainable Resource DevelopmentE-mail: ted.morton@assembly.ab.caThe Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture E-mail: hector.goudreau@assembly.ab.caThe Honourable Janis Tarchuk, MLA, Banff-CochraneE-mail: janis.tarchuk@assembly.ab.caKevin Taft, Leader of the OppositionE-mail: Dr. David Swann, Environment Critic E-mail: david.swann@assembly.ab.caBrian Mason, NDP LeaderE-mail:

To learn more about this issue, please check out the following websites:

Lindsay Allan
Director of Special Projects
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Calgary/Banff Chapter
1120, 1202 Centre Street SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5A5
(403) 232-6686

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