Special Areas Water Supply Project

Public Notice
Alberta Transportation
Special Areas Water Supply Project
Proposed Terms of Reference for Environmental Impact Assessment

The Special Areas Water Supply Project is a multi-purpose water supply project that would divert water from the Red Deer River to a large area in east-central Alberta, including the Special Areas. The proposed project consists of a pump station and pipeline to divert water from the Red Deer River south-west of Stettler through a 97.5 kilometre pipeline to a storage reservoir at the headwaters of Sounding and Berry creeks at the north western boundary of the Special Areas. Water would be distributed within the Sounding and Berry Creek basins through existing streams, improved natural channels, and canals. A number of multi-purpose reservoirs would store and release water throughout the system. Municipalities affected by the project include the County of Stettler, County of Paintearth, and Special Areas 2, 3 and 4.

The Director responsible for Environmental Assessment has directed that an Environmental Impact Assessment Report be prepared for the Special Areas Water Supply Project. Alberta Transportation has prepared a proposed Terms of Reference for this Environmental Impact Assessment, and through this public notice, invites the public to review this document. Note: In the interest of full transparency all public input received by Alberta Environment and Parks will be accessible to the public in accordance with all applicable Freedom of Information and Privacy Act requirements. Names will appear, but any further personal information will be removed.

The proposed Terms of Reference and associated project information can be viewed at the following locations:
- Special Areas Offices - Hanna, Oyen and Consort
- Special Areas Board Web site - https://specialareas.ab.ca/
- Alberta Environment and Parks’ Register of Environmental Assessment, 2nd Floor, Petroleum Plaza, South Tower, 9915 – 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2G8, http://ea.alberta.ca, (choose Summary of Environmental Assessment Activity - Current Projects)

For further information on the Special Areas Water Supply Project or copies of the proposed Terms of Reference and associated project information please contact:
John Englert, P. Biol.
Manager, Environmental Regulation
Alberta Transportation
2nd floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 – 98 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6B 2X3
Phone 780-644-5412/Fax 780-427-0353
Email john.englert@gov.ab.ca

Individuals wishing to provide written comments on the proposed Terms of Reference must submit them by February 28, 2018 to:
Director, Environmental Assessment, Operations Division
Alberta Environment and Parks
2nd Floor, Petroleum Plaza, South Tower, 9915 – 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G8
Fax: 780-427-9102, E-mail: environmental.assessment@gov.ab.ca

Documents:
Special Areas Water Supply Project Overview
Proposed Terms of Reference Environmental Impact Assessment Report