The province is investigating complaints that a developer
is altering water flow in the Water valley area with a road he built on
| "We are in discussions
with Mr. Stewart to hopefully legalize whatever he's doing," said Kerber.
The area is the site of Winchell Coulee, an environmentally sensitive area that is rich in wildlife, including beaver, deer and moose.
Stewart, a businessman who lives in Rocky Mountain House, bought his 280 acres about three years ago. It includes the marshland where he put the log road, a nearby slope, where he clear-cut trees to build the road, and land he plans for a campground.
The Meyers family has owned its land about 30 years. Meyers is a vet who works and lives in Cochrane and has a cow-calf operation on his land.
Kerber said the investigation will determine which way the water drainage and, whether it affects Winchell Lake. The lake is well-known as a quality fly-fishing lake for trout.
This is not the first controversy in the Water Valley area.
Landowners earlier staged a court battle to block Stewart's bid to have his agricultural land rezoned for residential. They lost. The valley with the road is downhill from the residential development.
"It seems like I can't turn around on that property ... without everyone else becoming involved," said Stewart. "I could bulldoze every damn tree in there and put cows in. At this point, it's getting tempting," he said.