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Statement of Concern re Big Hill Springs Provincial Park: Water Act Application for Gravel Mining

January 31, 2022

Under the Alberta Water Act, Mountain Ash Limited Partnership has applied to destroy 13 wetlands in the immediate vicinity of Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, north of Cochrane. These wetlands will be removed so Mountain Ash can mine aggregates in the lands above the aquifer that feeds Big Hill Springs and Big Hill Creek. AWA believes this surface mining proposal seriously threatens the groundwater that sustains the springs and creek. Concluding the surface mining proposal has no merit, AWA sent this statement of concern to Alberta Environment and Parks about the Mountain Ash LP application.

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