October 23, 2012

Mismanagement at Berry Creek reservoir harming farmers and the environment in Sunnynook

EDMONTON, AB (October 23, 2012): Today in Question Period, Wildrose MLA for Drumheller-Stettler Rick Strankman challenged Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Diana McQueen with the mismanagement and damage being done over the Berry Creek Reservoir, negatively impacting the environment and the bottom line for hardworking Alberta families.

The Berry Creek Reservoir is a body of water vital to the farming area in Sunnynook Alberta and for several weeks the spill gate for the reservoir has been damaged leading to a dramatic loss of water. The excess water is now leaving farm land at risk as well as creating considerable environment risk for the once abundant and healthy fish population popular for its recreational use.  “Mismanagement from this PC government is negatively impacting the economic viability of farmers in this area and is putting our environment at risk,” Strankman said.  “The gateway at the Berry Creek Reservoir needs to be a priority, so we can clean up the area, ensure the safety of the workers on site and prevent an incident like this happening in the future.”  Up to this date, Sustainable Resource Development has failed to take the advice of the Special Areas employees who look after the day-to-day maintenance of the dam for the past fifty years.  An early attempt to create a temporary earth dam to gain access to the damaged spill gate has yet to be successful.  “We expect corporations and companies to be held accountable for their actions, it’s time that this PC government is held to account for its gross mismanagement,” Strankman said.  “Albertans deserve better, the people in Sunnynook deserve better and we will continue to demand that this situation is addressed immediately.”  


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