September 19, 2005

Landowner, company ordered to restore industrial property creek to original condition

EDMONTON, ALTA-Simon Patrick Sochatsky, a Strathcona County landowner, and 995778 Alberta Ltd have been ordered to restore disturbed portions of Goldbar Creek on an industrial property in Strathcona County to their original condition. Alberta Environment issued the order following a field inspection by department staff. The inspection was carried out after Alberta Environment received information about the disturbance to Goldbar Creek from Strathcona County development officers who witnessed grading and filling activities on the site. It found that substantial alterations had been made to the property, such as filling in undisturbed portions of Goldbar Creek, filling in a wetland area, realigning the creek to another location, and installing inappropriately-sized culverts and a bridge-like crossing across the new channel. The Alberta Water act requires approval from Alberta Environment before any activity is undertaken on a water body within the province, including on privately-owned lands. The enforcement order is intended to ensure the restoration and protection of the natural integrity of the creek habitat. Sochatsky has until September 30, 2005 to submit a plan outlining the restoration work, and the creek and wetland area must be returned to its original condition by November 15, 2005.

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