Locals object to proposed Kananaskis water bottling facility

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A proposal to haul millions of liters of water from Kananaskis Country by trucks to a water bottling facility in Calgary annually is being met with objection.

A public notice stated Fortress Mountain Holdings Ltd. recently filed an application to amend its provincial water licence to allow nine or more trucks per day to haul a maximum of 50,000 cubic meters of water a year from its licenced allotment of 98,679 cubic meters.

Albertans were invited to submit statements of concern to the Regulatory Approvals Centre about Fortress Mountain Resort’s water licence amendment application.

The 30-day notice of application period ended on August 11. After the technical review and the public notice period are complete, a statutory decision on whether to issue or refuse to issue a licence amendment will be made on this application. Both the applicant (in this case, Fortress) and people who have filed statements of concern can appeal this decision.

Last week local residents voiced their opinions and sent emails opposing the proposal to the Minister of the Environment. Concerns included the high environmental impact removing water from a small mountain stream and trucking water already flowing to Calgary, and also about bottling water when there is a need to greatly reduce plastic packaging and waste.

Galatea Creek flows into Kananaskis River, which flows to the Bow River.

Fortress ski hill is permitted to withdraw water for its ski business from a stream that flows into the well known Galatea Creek in Spray Valley Provincial Park. Fortress ski hill is seeking to use part of its water license to truck 50 million liters of water to a Calgary water bottling facility.