Opinion: Time to reassure Ag Society supporters

By Janet Ballantyne

(Editor’s note) Coming from a politically active family, Janet Ballantyne is a west Rocky View resident who takes a keen interest in County politics.

This is an anxious time for supporters of the Cochrane and District Agricultural Society (CDAS).

Last January, Rocky View County started a process to sell the land occupied by the CDAS. A Request for Proposals soliciting possible offers of purchase closed earlier this month. We are all now awaiting news of the CDAS’s fate.

Ag Society grounds in Cochrane. Photo: County News archive.

Ag Society grounds in Cochrane. Photo: County News archive.

 

There are many questions Ag Society supporters would like answered. These include:

  • Whether the County has received any offers to purchase the land that are sizable enough to finance a new home and replacement facilities for the Ag Society and its user groups?
  • If such offers have been received, whether Council will deliver on its verbal commitments to the Ag Society and ensure that sufficient proceeds are earmarked to maintain the Ag Society?
  • In the alternative scenario, if the County has not received adequate offers, will it now renew the CDAS lease for a meaningful length of time?

I understand that Rocky View County has to assess whatever responses it has received from its RFP process. I also understand that until that evaluation is complete, Rocky View cannot provide specific answers to these questions. However, knowing this does not alleviate the worry and concern shared by Ag Society supporters.

Many, if not most, of the fears of Ag Society supporters could be calmed if the County would simply put into writing the verbal assurances it has already given to the CDAS. This would not commit the County to selling or not selling the land. It would be a contingent commitment – if the County decides to sell the land, then it will allocate sufficient funds to relocate the Ag Society and its user groups onto suitable land with an appropriately long term lease, along with sufficient funds to fully replace its existing facilities.

Providing commitments in writing is a standard business practice. By not doing so, the County has left Ag Society supporters worrying about potential motives. If Rocky View administration does not believe it has the authority to do this on its own, then Council should be willing to provide the necessary guidance and authority.

Putting assurances into writing would not bind the County to sell the land.

What it would do, however, is very important. It would remove the fears that inevitably breed suspicions.

I certainly hope that these worries and suspicions are unfounded. I also hope that Council will be honourable in its dealings with the Ag Society. Assuming that Council intends to live up to these expectations, there should be no hesitancy to formalizing its assurances.

Until then, Ag Society supporters will have to rely on hopes and prayers that the CDAS will be able to continue providing the extraordinary recreational facilities highly valued by so many Rocky View residents and by people in the wider regional community.

Coun. Arshinoff’s update to residents

Rocky View among top communities for business

We are constantly told how difficult it is to do business in Rocky View, how slow we are, how “impediments” are imposed on business and other similar claims.

However, the June 6 edition of Alberta Venture placed Rocky View County 10th among the 20 best Alberta communities for business. Read a Rocky View Weekly article about the designation.

Langdon Centre Street. Photo: County News archive.

Langdon Centre Street. Photo: County News archive.

Bicycle rally starting in Springbank

June 26, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Canadian Mental Health Association will be hosting the 2016 Ride Don’t Hide Bicycle Rally on June 26, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Location: Twp. Road 245, Springbank Road, Range Rd 33, Range Road 31, Hwy 22 (see map below).
Estimated Timeframe: June 26, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: The race will start and finish at the Springbank Park for All Seasons located at Range Road 33 and Springbank Road. Proper signage, message boards and marshals will be present along the race route throughout the event. Please respect all posted signage and watch for event participants. Inquiries can be directed to Mike Bock (Race Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association) at 403-620-5839 or mikebock@shaw.ca

 

Race Springbank

 

Community gathers to build playground

Scores of volunteers were busy installing a new Bragg Creek playground replacing the one destroyed by the 2013 flood.

Kristyn Schmidt is happy with the large volunteer affluence to rebuild the Bragg Creek playground. Photo: Enrique Massot

Kristyn Schmidt is happy with the large volunteer affluence to rebuild the Bragg Creek playground. Photo: Enrique Massot

 

“I am supper happy with the turnout,” said Kristyn Schmidt, vice-president of the Bragg Creek Community Association. “It’s nice to see everybody coming together.”

Over 20 volunteers started the job Thursday, and 30 to 40 more were busy installing playground equipment on Friday, June 17.

Jackie Jaworenko came from Priddis to help build the playground. One of her children attends Banded Peak School. Photo: Enrique Massot

Jackie Jaworenko came from Priddis to help build the playground. One of her children attends Banded Peak School. Photo: Enrique Massot

 

Schmidt said a similar number of volunteers were expected to finish assembling the equipment on Saturday.

“A great community-building event.” Kristyn Schmidt, BCCA Vice-President

After that, some landscaping work will need to be done to complete the project.

Volunteers install another piece of the new Bragg Creek playground. Photo: Enrique Massot

Volunteers install another piece of the new Bragg Creek playground. Photo: Enrique Massot

 

“We hope to have it open beginning July,” said Schmidt.

Funding for the playground was provided by the Red Cross in a positive response to a Community Association’s application.

Schmidt said the location of the new playground on the Community Association grounds is higher than the old one.

Birol Fisekci of Bordeaux Developments helps install the monkey bars. Photo: Enrique Massot

Birol Fisekci of Bordeaux Developments helps install the monkey bars. Photo: Enrique Massot

 

“If another flood happened again, God forbid, this one will be fine,” she said.

Schmidt emphasized the Creekers’ community spirit showing on the large volunteer affluence.

“It’s a great community-building event,” she said.

Bearspaw residents to have say on gravel

Open house to be held Wednesday June 15

The Bearspaw Residents group reminds that an open house about a Rocky View Aggregate Resource Plan will be held on Wednesday.
“We need a good turnout and are relying on you to tell the County that Bearspaw doesn’t need another gravel pit,” the group noted.Gravel pit
“This is your opportunity to let the County know your thoughts and help shape the policy that will define the future of aggregate resource planning.”
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation of the Plan around 7 p.m.
Where: at Rock Pointe Church
When: Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. 
Rock Pointe Church is located at 255024 Lochend Rd (S.E. corner of Lochend and 1A highway).

Rocky View considers approval of Springbank development

A Rocky View councillor said using treated effluent from a Springbank subdivision to grow alfalfa could feed local horses and become a win-win solution.

“This can be locally produced hay for local horses that are ridden by local people,” said Lois Habberfield. “How is that not good for the economy?”

The statement was part of Habberfield’s rational in support of a land rezoning for 48 one-acre residential lots, plus 70 acres for a private (Master’s Academy) high school, land for an utility cell and open space.

After a May 24 public hearing, Council passed second reading to a portion of the Springbank Creek subdivision proposal on an 8-1 vote, with area Coun. Jerry Arshinoff casting the lone vote in opposition.

Third and final reading for the portion of the Springbank Creek development will be considered on Tuesday, June 14.

Arshinoff initially proposed to postpone consideration of the project until a planned review of the Central Springbank area structure plan (ASP) is completed and offsite stormwater levies are implemented in west Rocky View.

“We can’t keep doing urban development in a rural setting.” Coun. Margaret Bahcheli

“Discussing any major development before having an ASP, that’s certainly putting the cart before the horses,” he said.

Council soundly defeated Arshinoff’s tabling motion.

During the hearing, residents expressed concern regarding access roads, market saturation, stormwater drainage and the sheer size of the proposal, of which only a portion was considered on March 24.

Developer planning consultant David Wyatt of Brown and Associates said clustering 48 homes into one-acre lots would be compensated by the addition of 27 acres of open space and trails.

“We tried to reduce private space into public space,” he said.

Wyatt also said a fiscal impact assessment conducted three years ago showed a “modest benefit” to the County in property taxes—after subtracting the cost of municipal services.

Nearby resident and former councillor Kim Magnuson said more detailed information should have been provided.

“There is no mention of the fiscal impact dollar amount,” she said. “It would be good to really find out.”

Westview Estates resident Gordon Robson told Council the impact of the entire project should be considered.

“As we all know, these 48 lots are just the thin edge of the wedge on this project,” he said.

The Springbank Creek Conceptual Scheme approved in 2013 plans for 344 residential units over 940 acres—about six quarter sections.

“These people are going to be commuting out of town to go to work,” said Robson. “Proceeding with this development is going to cause a lot of grief to the County and the local residents down the road.”

But Deputy Reeve Earl Solberg said the plan used the clustering concept based on a combination of smaller lots and open space.

Access to the proposed community is planned via Range Road 32 and Lower Springbank Road.

Mark and Tami Crawford of adjacent Grandview Park opposed approval and in a letter said available lots within two miles can supply the market for 10 years.

“The acceptance of this proposal will drive current property values down further than the 20 per cent they have dropped in the last 1.5 years,” they wrote. “Not what we need right now.”

Arshinoff said an updated transport impact assessment (TIA) has not been provided.

“Very soon we are going to have Harmony and Bingham up and running (which) will cause huge increases in traffic,” he said.

Arshinoff was concerned by the developer’s proposal to dispose of wastewater treated effluent by spraying it over a field seeded with alfalfa.

“Spray irrigation is a wonderful idea if you live in a farm,” said Arshinoff. “But to consider…that part of Springbank (as) a rural setting is a misnomer.”

Developer’s consultant Richard Geleta, president and director of BSEI Municipal Consulting Engineers, said there would be more than enough land to absorb the sprayed effluent.

“We have enough irrigable land for Master’s Academy or anybody else,” he said.

In the long term, the development would be hooked up to regional wastewater services, he added.

Arshinoff was not convinced and moved refusal, prompting Habberfield to announce her opposition.

“This is a project that’s been on the works for 12 years,” she said.

Coun. Margaret Bahcheli opposed turning down the project, however said she could oppose similar proposals in the future.

“Numbers cannot support what’s happening in Rocky View—not forever,” she said. “We can’t keep doing urban development in a rural setting.”

Coun. Liz Breakey also supported the proposal while showing concern about the potential costs of providing amenities to the future residents.

Rocky View does not currently have mandatory levies recouping the cost of building fire halls, police and EMS stations, parks, libraries or community centres.

Bingham Crossing proposes change to wastewater treatement

Rocky View County councillor Jerry Arshinoff – June 12 update to residents:

Residents impacted by a potential change to the Bingham Crossing project have until June 29 to submit statements of concern.

The developer of the retail centre and seniors’ housing complex in Springbank is seeking provincial approval to change its previously proposed mechanical wastewater treatment system.

The change will be from:

  • MBR  (Membrane Bio-Reactor Treatment) system to a
  • MBBR ( Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor) system.

This pertains to waste water treatment. In either case, Spray Irrigation will be used.

A Public Notice appeared on Page 3 of the May 31, 2016 edition of Rocky View Weekly.

Any “directly affected person” may submit a written statement of concern within 30 days of the Public Notice – until June 29, 2016 – to:

Environment and Parks
Regulatory Approvals Centre
Main Floor, 9820 – 106 St
Edmonton, T5K 2J6
Fax 780- 422-0154
esrd.epeaapplications@gov.ab.ca

Please note this extract from the Public Notice:

“The written statement of concern should include the following:

  • The application number: 002-333897
  • Describe concerns that are relevant to matters regulated by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPA)
  • Explain how the filer of the concern will be affected by the activities proposed in the application
  • The municipal address and/or legal land location of the land owned or used where the concerns described are believed to be applicable
  • State the distance between the land owned or used and the site in this application
  • Contact information including the full name and mailing address of the filer
  • Please provide a telephone number and/or email address for ease of contact”

Additional Notes:

  • From what I have been able to ascertain, the system applied for (MBBR) is a lower-cost option
  • Bingham has not officially notified Rocky View of this potential change. As a result, Rocky View Administration cannot comment on the matter
  • It’s not known at this time whether Rocky View approval would be required if the province (EPA) gives green light to the change
  • I don’t know if an eventual municipal approval would be by Rocky View Administration, by Rocky View Council – or both
  • If by Rocky View Council, I don’t know at this time if a Public Hearing is required. It would depend on a number of related factors

 

Province to legislate regional planning

Ombudsman empowered to investigate local government complaints

By Enrique Massot
County News Online

Collaboration instead of competition among municipalities is the dominant theme in a revamped Municipal Government Act (MGA) proposed by the new NDP government.

Enrique Massot

Enrique Massot

“The previous structure of the MGA led municipalities to compete with one another instead of working with each other,” said Municipal Affaires Minister Danielle Larivee.

On May 31, Larivee announced the tabling in the Legislature of a draft containing sweeping changes to the 1995 version of the Municipal Government Act.

The changes aim to end two decades of laissez-faire municipal policies that resulted in bitter conflicts among rural and urban jurisdictions across the province.

“A key focus of the modernized legislation is on working together, growing together, and making Alberta better together,” said Larivee.

In Calgary and Edmonton metropolitan areas, the revamped MGA will prompt the creation of mandatory growth management boards.

Those boards will also develop regional approaches to the delivery and equitable funding of services such as water, wastewater and transportation.

“They will also be required to develop a growth plan for the region to help ensure the preservation of agricultural lands and the wise use of the environment,” said Larivee.

The 1995 revamping of the MGA ditched regional planning in Alberta and gave full subdivision powers to all municipalities, prompting numerous conflicts when municipal districts and counties began to approve urban projects at the doorsteps of urban jurisdictions.

While urban jurisdictions in the Calgary metropolitan area worked since 1999 to re-introduce some form of regional planning, rural municipalities refuse to accept constraints on their power to approve development proposals.

Danielle Larivee

Danielle Larivee

Rocky View County withdrew from the Calgary Regional Partnership in 2009, in disagreement with the organization’s decision-making process and density requirements for rural communities wanting to connect to regional water and sewer servicing.

Several disputes over Rocky View’s urban development in Calgary’s fringe areas have occurred over the years. The last controversial plan, appealed by both Calgary and Chestermere, involves commercial and residential development in Conrich, at the doorsteps of both cities.

Outside of the metropolitan regions of Calgary and Edmonton, municipalities will develop intermunicipal collaboration frameworks ensuring neighbouring municipalities partner to produce land-use planning and co-ordinate regional services.

“Instead of duplicating costly services, municipalities will now work together to deliver more effective and efficient services to their communities,” Larivee said, adding that collaboration will happen in “every single municipality.”

In 2005, Rocky View began the construction of Balzac-Langdon sewage infrastructure, paid with borrowed funds of which the municipality still owes about $60 million. Rocky View plans to build a parallel, Langdon-Balzac water line were foiled when the province declared a moratorium on new water withdrawals from the Bow River in 2006.

The revamped MGA will empower municipalities to charge developers with offsite levies funding the construction of fire halls, police stations, community recreation facilities and libraries when a new development receives 30 per cent or more of the benefit of the new facility.

In the 1995 version of the MGA still in place, municipalities were allowed to charge developers for infrastructure such as roads, water, stormwater and sewage systems but nothing else.

As a result, facilities such as fire halls or community recreation facilities were not built unless tax money from local and provincial taxpayers was made available. In Rocky View, several fire halls were built using provincial money granted under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative. However, construction of an $11-million recreation centre planned in Langdon has been waiting for years due to lack of funding.

“The MGA led municipalities to compete with one another.” Municipal Affaires Minister Danielle Larivee

“The changes (will) ensure new development is done in a way that creates real neighbourhoods for families…kept safe by police and firefighters at nearby stations, and ones where hockey practice is held around the corner—not across the city,” said Larivee.

The new MGA will also allow Albertans to bring municipality-related concerns to the provincial ombudsman who will be empowered to investigate issues as needed.

“It creates an additional accountability mechanism for municipalities,” said Larivee, and gives Albertans another resource to have their local concerns addressed in a fair, efficient and transparent manner.”

In 2013, four out of nine members of the Rocky View Council repeatedly—and unsuccessfully—pleaded with then minister of Municipal Affairs to order an inspection of the County books.

Government representatives will travel to 20 communities this summer seeking feedback on the MGA changes.

“The tour provides Albertans with the opportunity to review the proposed amendments and provide their input before the Legislature completes debate of the bill,” said Larivee.

An online feedback questionnaire is also available to those unable to attend the summer sessions.

New regulations with input from municipalities and key stakeholders will be prepared before January 2017 and subsequently disclosed for public review and feedback prior to approval.

All changes to the MGA, including regulations, will be proclaimed before municipal elections in fall 2017.

Resident update – Division 2 Springbank

By Coun. Jerry Arshinoff

Springbank Creek Development  

(Located between RR 32 and RR 33, south of Lower Springbank Road).

Council approved First and second readings for the Springbank Creek development on May 24.

Three readings are necessary. In order for all three readings to be done at a single Council meeting, unanimous approval must be given by Council. I refused to consent. As a result, third reading will be proposed at the next Council meeting.

Jerry Arshinoff

Jerry Arshinoff

Some of my reasons for voting against first and second reading include:

1) In a little more than a year, Springbank will have a new area structure plan (ASP). Approving a large development just before a new ASP defeats the purpose of having the ASP.

2) Storm water is a huge problem throughout Rocky View. We need storm water levies. In about a year we should have a storm water levy in place for west Rocky View.

3) I did find it objectionable to hear the developer and various Council members constantly say SB Creek is only 42 new homes. It’s 90 new homes with a potential of approximately 150 additional homes at a future date.

4) No full concept plan was presented.

5) No TIA (traffic impact assessment) was presented.

6) Water is to be piped in, but not out. Wastewater will be by “Spray Irrigation” (spraying treated sewage on adjacent land). It is noteworthy that Rocky View does not now have or has not ever had any Spray Irrigation systems but continues to approve them – but only in Springbank. You would think that at the least RV would want to have one in operation to see if there are any problems before approving more.

Interestingly enough:

At my request Council will be given a short primer on Spray Irrigation. This is good but as it now stands that will not occur until after the vote on third—and final reading—is passed. Truly the case of closing the barn door after the cows have escaped.

I hope Council will consider the above before making a final decision.

Suspicious Activity

It has been reported that a balding man (with glasses and in his fifties) has been driving up and down private driveways in a black Pathfinder SUV.

Please keep an eye out for any type of suspicious activity in and around your neighbourhood and report it to the RCMP.

Cycling Race in North Springbank, Saturday June 4

Speed Theory will be hosting the 2016 Jason Lapierre Memorial Cycling Race Time Trial on June 4, between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Location: Twp. Rd 250 from Edge School to Range Rd 32 and Range Rd. 32 from Twp Rd 250 to northern road limit (see map).

Description: The time trial will start and finish on Range Road 32 with the staging area located at the Edge School. Proper signage, message boards and marshals will be present along the race route throughout the event. Please respect all posted signage and watch for event participants. Inquiries can be directed to Darcy Gullacher (Race Coordinator, Speed Theory) at 403-772-8083 or darcy.gullacher@gmail.com

Springbank map

 

Community to be consulted on flood mitigation works

Councillor’s Update – June, 2016

By Liz Breakey
Rocky View Councillor, Div. 1

Liz Breakey

Liz Breakey

The month of June promises to be incredibly busy and exciting with spring planting of fields and gardens, calving and lambing, multiple forums and meetings prior to the summer break, and more importantly, some real attention being paid to both wildfire issues (FireSMART recommendations) and flood mitigation ( local and application for Federal Government CEAA review).

The local pathways and trails groups, under the able guidance of the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association, has made considerable progress in negotiating economically feasible construction standards that will benefit all of Rocky View West.  The Bragg Creek Community Association is soldiering on with restoration efforts for the hall and the construction of the new children’s playground on the grounds.  The Rocky View Foundation held a meeting at their new site for Seniors Housing at the Steak Pit property, generously donated by a local investor, with some wonderful news.  And the heart and soul of the community was brought to life with a recounting of wonderful stories at the beautifully restored Round Hall, owned by the Teghtmeyer family, on the banks of the Elbow River in Bragg Creek. The latter story is a reflection of the best of the history of the ranching community in the area together with the fun they had, so that is where I will start.

Bragg Creek & Greater Area Historical Society annual general meeting on May 28th in the Round Hall which has been exquisitely restored by the Teghtmeyer family.

Bragg Creek & Greater Area Historical Society annual general meeting on May 28th in the Round Hall which has been exquisitely restored by the Teghtmeyer family.

 

BRAGG CREEK & GREATER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Post the 2013 flood, when so many artifacts and historical documents and photos were lost and original cabins damaged, a small group of people got together to follow through on one of the neglected recommendations from the 2007 Area Structure Plan which was the creation of a local Historical Society to document and share the many stories and history of the greater community.  They obtained some small grants from the County and have created miracles in a very short time, ranging from a Photographic Display based on historical photos from the Glenbow Museum, numerous extremely well attended events featuring Kathy Calvert, Margaret Buckley, Ben Gadd and Sid Marty: and just this past weekend, Barb Teghtmeyer and family who opened up the exquisitely restored Round Hall to share with the community the tales of the history of Bragg Creek.  Follow-up projects include the writing of a booklet on the “Cabin People” of Bragg Creek starting in the 1930’s. We are so very lucky to have a community that values its history and provides the means and energy to celebrate it.

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Grassroots group vows to protect Bighill Creek

By Enrique Massot
The County News

A recently formed group of citizens wants to protect the health of a small creek that meanders through one of the most beautiful areas in Rocky View County’s northwest quadrant.

Gerry Bietz

Gerry Bietz

Gerry Bietz, president of the Bighill Creek Preservation Society, says ensuring the stream’s natural and historic values preservation is the organization’s main goal.

“This creek used to be full of cutthroat trout,” he said. “Why this is no longer the case is one of the things we are going to look at.”

From its headwaters at the divide between the Red Deer and the Bow River watersheds, Bighill Creek flows about 18 miles southwest across a deep and narrow valley, runs through Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, and enters the Town of Cochrane, where it joins the Bow River.

Once known as a healthy fishery, the creek was stocked with trout from 1929 to 1969, but a decline of the fishery occurred after those programs ended, worsened by drought and agricultural practices, noted Stream Tender Magazine.

The trend appeared to revert in recent years, noted Guy Woods, publisher of Stream Tender magazine.

“With years of higher precipitation and an increase in ground water tables, the creek has shown signs of a small recover in recent years.”

Bietz said the group’s first public event was held on May 7, sponsored by the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee, Cows and Fish and Trout Unlimited Canada.

About 40 Rocky View, Cochrane and Calgary residents heard presentations from University of Calgary’s hydrology professor Masaki Hayashi and environmental biologist Sandi Riemersma.

“We focused on the importance of locally derived ground water in the maintenance of the ecosystems such as Bighill Creek and West Nose Creek,” said Bietz. “We also talked about the role of beavers in shaping the area.”

Trout Unlimited members identify Bighill Creek fish population. Photo: Courtesy Gerry Bietz.

Trout Unlimited members identify Bighill Creek fish population. Photo: Courtesy Gerry Bietz.

 

In the afternoon, participants took a field trip onto the property of Mount St. Francis Retreat on Bighill Creek, were Cows and Fish representatives described the creek and the health of its banks. Trout Unlimited members demonstrated electro-fishing to capture and measure several species of fish.

One of the first tasks to protect the creek’s health is to document its current conditions, Bietz said.

“We want to create baseline information to identify changes and opportunities for improvement,” he added.

Baseline studies, however, have a financial cost.

“It costs money, time and professional input,” said Bietz.

Bietz estimates that Cochrane’s own growth and land purchases suggest that the area between Calgary and Cochrane will eventually be developed, adding to existing pressures on local ecosystems—particularly that of small streams.

Participants of the first Bighill Creek Preservation Society forum hear a presentation during a walk by the creek. Photo: Courtesy Gerry Bietz.

Participants of the first Bighill Creek Preservation Society forum hear a presentation during a walk by the creek. Photo: Courtesy Gerry Bietz.

 

“Cochrane will be 10,000 people or more,” said Bietz. “It’s the nature of things—people want to live here, so we will need to balance those pressures with the ecological system. That becomes the challenge.”

About half a dozen drilling pads in the creek’s watershed are adding an additional element of pressure.

“We got industrial development that is encroaching into the creek’s area of influence,” said Bietz. “This is not to say ‘don’t do it’ but do it in such a way that it does not damage the creek.”

The society has applied to become steward of two natural areas along the creek–one being municipal reserve land and another with environmental reserve status—under a licence of occupancy.

“We want to keep it as pristine as possible,” said Bietz.

Bietz said the new preservation society will fulfill an existing void among existing groups working to protect Jumpingpound Creek, Nose Creek, as well as the Bow and the Elbow rivers and the Red Deer River watershed. It will join sister group Little Creek and Rough Fescue Appreciation Society (LCARF) that is working to protect neighbouring Horse Creek.

Bighill Creek has been recognized in Rocky View County’s Agricultural Master Plan as well as in 2007’s Guidance Document for Watershed Management Planning in the Bighill, Horse and Jumpingpound Creek Watersheds.