In September, the Calgary River Communities Action Group (CRCAG) hosted their Annual General Meeting.
Both Ministers Ric McIver and Doug Schweitzer spoke at the event and each emphasized the province’s strong commitment to protecting Calgary, and to the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1) specifically.
Each year this event offers an opportunity to hear in-person from elected officials and experts responsible for executing key flood mitigation projects, and also serves a check-in on how efforts progressed over the year.
In their progress report, CRCAG highlighted that neither projects on the Elbow or the Bow River have advanced to the next step in the last three years; with SR1 still in regulatory review and no project selected for Bow River yet.
Despite the appearance of stalled progress, work on these upstream projects has continued (albeit slowly).
A few highlights from the AGM event include:
- Ministers McIver and Schweitzer emphasized the province’s commitment to SR1
- Clarification that SR1 is indeed being assessed using pre-C69 standards
- AEP announced the three short-listed upstream reservoir projects proposed for the Bow River
- City of Calgary provided an update on local flood mitigation projects including the downtown barrier, Glenmore Gates (will be operable for spring 2020 flood season), and more
You can read CRCAG’s summary of their event with links to presentations, photos, quotes, Q&A, and more on their blog: Summary of 2019 AGM.
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