LETHBRIDGE: New Democrat MLA David Eggen stopped in Lethbridge Monday, where he announced that the provincial government needs to step up and give the Castle Crown wilderness area a Wildland Provincial Park designation.
He explained that documents obtained through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, suggest the PC government is backing off the plan, which first came up in 2005.
Eggen then outlined one of the major reasons for why the area needs the designation, "This government is in a position where they need to demonstrate some higher standard towards our water and towards our air. Lets not forget that the Castle watershed protects the watershed right through Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. With the recent flooding, I think it's important that we have that watershed protected under provincial park status."
Eggen also noted another factor for the government to consider, "The provincial government is in need of some mitigation around pipelines and oilsands and energy development, and what better way to send a positive message to the world, than to designate Castle as a proper provincial park."
As for the timing of his statement, Eggen explained that the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan is expected from the province within a few weeks, and he's hoping to see the provincial park designation included in it. Eggen added however that with what we've seen over the last few years, it will be important for the public to start applying lots of pressure to the government as well.