Originally Posted by Stang
I was having a discussion with some friends about landfills (because that's apparently great idle chit chat), particularly the Spyhill landfill, and it was suggested that some residential areas have been built over what used to be the landfill.
Does anyone know or remember if this is actually the case? I remember, probably 20 years ago, driving up Nose Hill Drive from the Crowfoot area and eventually ended up at the dump. I just can't remember how far up the road it was.
Someone suggested that Arbour Lake and Citadel are all on former landfill land, and someone else said that's impossible. Anyone know for sure?
No communities can be built over a landfill under Alberta Health regulations. Citadel is next to the landfill which has its own concerns, but those are fairly minor usually. Theres a few smaller commercial and institutional sites on or near former landfills, but those are smaller sites and usually underwent a fairly good cleanup after (the site immediately north of the science centre used to be a dump I believe, and theres a piece of land in Cochrane beside the movie theatre that they discovered was a dump but they did an extensive cleanup so it can be used for residential)
As for driving up Nosehill to get to a dump, that dump was Spy Hill. Way back when Nose Hill used to go straight through where Citadel is now and ended up at 112th Ave. 85th Street also used to be a main road to the dump when it ran from Crowfoot north before Arbour Lake was built out.