ROSSLAND FIGHTS GOLF RESORT IN WATERSHED
All was well in the friendly mountain town of Rossland BC, until Howard Katkov of Red Mountain
Ventures (“RMV”) and Annika Sorenstam, hall of fame golfer, teamed up to propose a golf resort,
commercial and residential development -- in a key part the Rossland community watershed.
This has caused an increasingly bitter battle between the developer and City Council vs the community
who feels that this Category I Watershed Reserve should be protected from such instrusive uses. The
community has stated that the watershed should be preserved for the protection of the community’s
quality and quantity of water.
In recent years, the community has usually been on water restrictions in the late summer months, and
locals do not favor conserving water and/or spending more money on storage reservoirs to allow a
single developer to reap the profits at the expense of the community as a whole. Moreover, the
community accepts that climate change is here and that raw water sources should be protected and
preserved in addition to conservation measures.
The battle rages on and it changes day by day.
It is an imbalanced battle also, as the developers’ resources and influence are great. The developer’s
proposal includes relocating water intakes upstream to “remove a major portion of the golf resort from
the watershed” and to provide water for the golf course itself. This results in a 40% loss of the critical
low flow season community water which is primarily from this “take”. There is no proposal to replace
the lost water that passes the basic reasonableness tests and matches community and seasonal demand.
Provision for the water needs of the commercial and residential portion of the development remains
unclear. The story only begins here.
If you are interested in further details, the Citizens for Responsible Development has a website
www.rosslandbc.org that includes information such as “Water 101” a presentation on the quantity and
quality of Rossland water by our research scientist, Bill Micklethwaite, letters written by the
community, information about the 2 petitions of over 900 people against the proposed golf resort, the
Province’s recent plans/reports on water use and consumption, recent CRD press releases and many
other relevant articles, books and resources about growth, resort tourism, climate change.
If you review our issues and desire to exchange resources and information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Rosa Jordan, (250) 362-5546. email@example.com
Bill Micklethwaite, engineer, local water supply expert (250) 362-5426. firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11, 2008