Castle Mountain Resort Developments: Request an Environmental Assessment

Deadline: 
16 Nov 2018

A proposal for an expansion of the Castle Mountain Resort (CMR) and its activities has been announced, on a scale similar to that proposed in the early 1990’s by Vacation Alberta Corporation that led to the 1993 Natural Resources Conservation Board public hearings. As presented, CMR’s Master Development Plan (May 2017) will not require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) unless people convince Alberta Environment and Parks that an EIA is essential and necessary.  

Take action. Submit a letter of concern by Friday, November 16 to Alberta Environment and Parks.

Here is the link to that specific page: http://aep.alberta.ca/land/programs-and-services/environmental-assessment-EIAs/documents/Castle-FurtherAssess-Oct01-2018.pdf.

Here is the link to the Master Development Plan as proposed by Castle Mountain Resort: (222 pages): http://www.skicastle.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CMRMasterDevelopmentPlanFinal_June232017.pdf.

 Your letter could include the following points.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide this Letter of Concern. An environmental impact assessment is required due to the critical issues listed below:

  1. The Master Development Plan contemplates the expansion of Castle Mountain Resort beyond its LOC and into the newly-designated Castle Wildland Provincial Park.
  2. “Syncline Brook”, “West Castle River and tributaries”, and “South Castle River and tributaries”, are all identified as Critical Habitat for Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the 2014 Recovery Strategy for the Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi), Alberta Populations in Canada. The proposed developments at Castle Mountain Resort would change the water regime, and alter, damage, or destroy portions of this Critical Habitat contrary to Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
  3. Changes in water use per the Master Development Plan would alter, and likely damage, the West Castle Wetlands Ecological Reserve.
  4. Habitat impacts on large and small mammals, amphibians, birds, and huge numbers of plants. The Castle Wildland and Provincial Parks are the most ecologically-biodiverse place in Alberta.

An Environmental Impact Assessment and public hearings are needed to address these critical issues. November 16th is the deadline to submit a letter stating concerns to the Master Development Plan.