Town of Blackfalds clarifies statement made at Lacombe Lake open house

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
July 10, 2018 - 9:47am

The Town of Blackfalds is clarifying a statement made during an open house it hosted recently to inform area residents about plans to pipe stormwater into Lacombe Lake.

The meeting on June 27 featured a presentation on the updated plan as well as an in-depth question and answer session with content experts, The Town says.

During the Q&A, a comment was made by someeone in attendacnce which the Town says could have been misinterpreted to indicate that Lacombe County has endorsed The Town’s Northwest Stormwater Plan. It wasn't clarified at the time.

“Over the past year, the Town has worked with its partners and stakeholders to address concerns and issues brought forth from the June 2017 Open House,” says Mayor Richard Poole. “Town and County councils will continue dialogue on this important project.” 

Meanwhile, County Reeve Paula Law clarifies that administration has discussed the concept of such a plan with The Town, but County council has not given its blessing in any capacity.

“Relationships between municipalities play a crucial role in future plans and projects, and we appreciate the Town of Blackfalds helping to publically clear up any misconceptions that stemmed from the public meeting,” Law says.

The Town reiterates that their plan has been designed to meet or exceed Alberta Environment and Parks standards.

Opponents of the plan say “blasting” stormwater into Lacombe Lake will raise water levels by 35 per cent, increase temperatures in the water, and ultimately irreparably damage the lake, which is situated about eight kilometres north of Blackfalds, but south of Lacombe.

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