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WASA opposes Ridge Water Resort campground development

Wabamum Lake, west of Edmonton.
A proposed campground on Wabamun Lake, in Parkland County west of Edmonton, has opposition from local residents. — Photo courtesy WASA webpage

Despite a shortage of campgrounds in Alberta and across western Canada, local residents living near an Alberta lake are rallying to oppose the development of a new destination RV resort/campground project.

An Alberta-based company, Samco Developments, has proposed the new 328-site campground development called Ridge Water Resort. It is described as a “destination and en-route campground” located on Wabamun Lake, in Parkland County west of Edmonton.

The following was information on the development provided at an open house in the fall by Parkland County, Alberta Environment and Parks, and concerned citizens.

The proposed campground construction would include the following: 

  • A total of 328 recreation vehicle campsites
  • The campground would be constructed in four phases over about six years

The construction would include:

  • the lots and gravel roads
  • underground water, sewer and power services to each lot
  • water wells and water treatment plant
  • wash house
  • sewage holding tank
  • maintenance and utility yard
  • storm water management facilities

A group of individuals opposed to the development has formed the Wabamun Area Stewardship Alliance (WASA) which is a committee representing a group of more than 200 concerned citizens opposed to the development of the proposed Ridge Water Resort RV campground.

WASA states on their web page, “WASA has retained legal counsel to assist in opposing the approval of the Ridge Water Resort development permit application. Some initial funding has been provided by a number of concerned citizens but WASA anticipates significant additional legal and associated costs.”

The WASA group also states, “If you oppose the Ridge Water Resort because of what it will do to the lake and its community, consider making a donation. All monies collected will be held "in trust" by the WASA lawyer, strictly used to oppose this development, and carefully accounted for. WASA greatly appreciates any amount you are able to contribute.”

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