Alberta says it erred in warning it was curtailing water for ranchers

Post date: Mar 30, 2018 2:02:45 PM

The provincial government says it made a mistake when it told several ranchers in southern Alberta that it was curtailing their access to natural water that's critical for their operations.

Aaron Brower, who owns a ranch along the Milk River basin near the U.S. border, received a letter from the province in December warning him that his 2001 application for five wells and three dams for livestock watering and household use was considered incomplete.

As a result, the government said it was closing the file, which meant Brower would be violating provincial law if he continued to use the wells and dams without a licence.