Red Deer Company Ordered to Restore Wetlands

The Alberta government has ordered Aurora Heights Management Ltd. and two of its directors to remediate a wetland in Blackfalds that was filled in without authorization.

Incident details

  • The permanent wetland is contained on a site that the company intends to develop as a residential subdivision.
  • A consultant hired by the company made application under the Water Act to modify the wetland.
  • The company directed the wetland be filled in without having the required Water Act authorization.

Terms of the Enforcement Order

Under the order, the responsible parties must:

  • submit a remedial plan, one that outlines restoration of the wetland to its pre-existing condition or one of equivalent size and condition, for approval on or before Jan. 31, 2017;
  • implement the approved remedial work, to be conducted under the supervision of an  appropriately qualified environmental professional; and
  • submit a monitoring and restoration plan by March 31, 2017, which will be conducted annually for a minimum of two growing seasons to determine if restoration success has been achieved for the 3.8 hectares of wetland restored.