In response to a public complaint, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development visited a property in Mackenzie County near Fort Vermillion on September 24 and found the owners had used a backhoe to alter watercourses without proper authorization. Department staff notified them that alteration of a watercourse requires approval under the Water Act and instructed them to immediately stop.
On a subsequent visit, staff observed the property owners again working in a watercourse with a backhoe. An aerial tour on October 5 uncovered fresh ground disturbances along two watercourses on the property, indicating additional alterations had occurred.
Under the terms of the Enforcement Order, Daniel and Katherina Fehr must immediately cease any activities in or near the watercourses without prior written authorization. Environment and Sustainable Resource Development staff will work with other agencies to assess the damages to the watercourses. The damage assessment will determine the type and extent of remedial work that must be done to repair the watercourses.
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans continue to enjoy a clean and healthy environment. When individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation, a number of options are available depending on the offence to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. In this case, the Enforcement Order will ensure immediate action is taken to prevent further damage to the area.
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