Flooding the Best Rocky View Ranch Land for Calgary? No!

Flooding the Best Rocky View Ranch Land for Calgary? No!

Many people have approached Rocky View 2020 with a vitally important question: Why flood a large tract of some our best land in the County?

They wonder: Where did a flood mitigation project that would create a massive dam in the middle of Springbank come from? A few months back, the province announced on their website that they had plans on the table to take ranch and farm land in Springbank and flood it, supposedly for flood mitigation downstream (Calgary).  (Click Springbank flooding video) (Gov site Plan)

The 17 ranch families, comprised of third and fourth generation founding members of the Springbank community, were never approached. They found out about the plan for their lands through the media.  (See http://www.dontdamnspringbank.org )

The 17 ranch families, comprised of third and fourth generation founding members of the Springbank community, were never approached.

Rocky View County, including our Councillors, had no knowledge of the Province’s plan. They found out about it from the residents affected. The province had not consulted with the landowners or the County in advance of their announcement. What ever happened to landowner’s rights —a principle core to our growing organization.

There are a number of much better alternatives for the stated purpose. This is confirmed by the government’s own reports. So why Springbank?

Rocky View 2020 is inviting our members and others in the community to stand with these residents and oppose this project. These are members of our Rocky View community. They own and ranch on some of the most beautiful land in the province. There are better alternatives if flood mitigation is needed.

Rocky View County, including our Councillors, had no knowledge of the Province’s plan.

In addition, there is another reason to stand on principle with these landowners. Some will argue the connection, but there is a common link.

The Calgary Region, as it has been defined, includes all the land around Calgary touching on all of Rocky View and three other counties. Calgary is the key player in the Calgary Regional Partnership. Calgary’s Mayor and other municipalities in the partnership are pushing hard to see that Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP) legislated by the province. If the current Calgary Metropolitan Plan is legislated, it will give Calgary the power to decide what happens with water, wastewater and transportation services in the entire region. Rocky View 2020 is strongly advocating that landowners in Rocky View, who pay their taxes to Rocky View, should be represented by the Rocky View Council and decisions regarding land-use and land designations must first be negotiated with the landowners and the County.

Rocky View 2020 is inviting our members and others in the community to stand with these residents and oppose this project.

Could it be that the same planners and bureaucrats that are pushing for Calgary’s power grab through the CMP are also supporting putting a dam in Springbank and flooding ranch land in order to provide the City with access to stored water? It is possible. Whatever the case, the same disregard for the County’s jurisdiction and the property rights of the taxpayers is seen expressed in both the provincially funded Calgary Metropolitan Plan and the provincial plan to flood Springbank to capture water.

Land owners should be the first to determine what happens on their land. Not the last.

Support www.dontdamnspringbank.org. Go on their website and drop a note to the Premier and our supportive MLA Bruce McAllister. Also encourage our Councillors to be active defenders of Rocky View and the rights of the taxpaying landowners in our County, for both the Calgary Metropolitan plan and the unnecessary flooding or our best value ranch land. (Note: Springbank Councillor Jerry Arshinoff is on record that “he thinks the reservoir is a good idea”   click Here for article)

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