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Your flood stories: Stan Price, Rideau Roxboro

This is a story shared by Stan Price, a current resident of Rideau Roxboro. My name is Stan Price and I live in the community of Rideau Roxboro in Calgary. I remember the flood like it was yesterday, as I and pretty much our whole community was affected

February 13th, 2019|

Your flood stories: Tom Yeoman, Elbow Park

This is a story shared by Tom Yeoman, a former resident of Elbow Park. Having lived through the 2005 flood of the Elbow in Calgary, I felt almost prepared for 2013. Dutifully, when evacuation orders came on June 20, 2013, I was overnighting at my daughter's home. We found,

February 6th, 2019|

Former SR1 opponent agrees to sell land, flood coalition, your flood stories, more

Although it is still early in the year, January brought a couple promising developments in the fight for upstream mitigation. A surprise land purchase announcement from the Government of Alberta this week has been cause for optimism (albeit very measured optimism), and a newly formed flood coalition is strengthening

Former Springbank Project opponent agrees to sell land to Province

On Tuesday, the Government of Alberta announced that the Sprinkbank landowners, the Robinson family, had agreed to sell the land required for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1). The land purchase amounts to 188 hectares (465 acres) and, with this latest acquisition, the province has now purchased 20 percent of the total 1,566 hectares

February 1st, 2019|

Do you have a flood story to share? We want to hear it.

Over the next few weeks and months, Flood Free Calgary (FFC) and the Calgary River Communities Action Group (CRCAG) will be profiling the stories of Calgary home and business owners about their experiences with disaster, tragedy, and perseverance through the 2013 Calgary floods. We want to hear from you! Selected stories will be

January 31st, 2019|

Your flood stories: Battistella Developments

This is a story shared by Paul Battistella, Co-owner/Operator of Battistella Developments and Spokesperson for Flood Free Calgary. Battistella Developments has been developing in Calgary inner-city for almost 40 years.  During that time the growth and importance of the centre city has grown dramatically. East Village, where Battistella

January 30th, 2019|

Key documents and resources on Springbank-Off Stream Reservoir

Let's be clear. The misconception that the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1) has not been given due scrutiny and study is false. When the province began looking at options for upstream mitigation on the Elbow River, substantial expert study was conducted that lead to the project being chosen over

January 30th, 2019|

Flood coalition joins business leaders and advocacy groups in support of upstream mitigation

This January, Flood Free Calgary joined forces with fellow flood advocacy group, Calgary River Communities Action Group (CRCAG), to host a community forum on flood mitigation and to kick-off a flood coalition in support of upstream mitigation including the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1). Community leaders were invited to the

New penalties for ignoring disaster evacuation orders

As of November 19, 2018, citizens ignoring evacuation orders are now subject to fines up to $10,000 and/or up to one year in jail. These penalties are part of an amendment to the Emergency Management Act, the act that provides the legislative framework for local and provincial management of emergencies

January 5th, 2019|

Alberta receives $8.7 million for disaster funding from federal government

In December 2018, the federal government announced $8.7 million in funding for disaster mitigation projects in Alberta. The funds will be provided through the National Disaster Mitigation Program and will support 18 projects throughout the province. Risk Assessment(s) - Seven projects will fund risk assessments to identify flood hazards, potential impacts,

January 5th, 2019|

Study begins on Bow River upstream options

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has awarded the contract for the Conceptual Assessment study of the three Bow River upstream options to Wood Canada Limited. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the work closed on October 12, 2018, with Wood Canada Limited's Environment & Infrastructure Solutions team, located in Calgary, winning

November 26th, 2018|

Canmore gets regulatory approval for Cougar Creek debris structure

The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) has approved Canmore's proposed Cougar Creek debris and flood retention structure. The project has been progressing through regulatory review since Canmore's town council approved the project in 2015. As we wait for regulatory approval on the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (and will eventually need for

November 26th, 2018|

Bow River Basin Council Forum on December 12

The next Bow River Basin Council's (BRBC) quarterly educational and networking forum will be held on December 12th, 2018 at the Heritage Inn in High River. The forum is specifically themed on stewardship and there will be a number of presentations about the great work that is being done

November 26th, 2018|

Upstream mitigation on Bow, West Eau Claire Park, and more

We’re reaching out to update you on a few of the recent developments on flood protection for Calgary. In terms of the work Flood Free Calgary has been doing these past months, we have continued our important conversations with members of the business community to highlight the economic risks

October 29th, 2018|

Research on Bow River upstream options expected to begin in November

Earlier this year, the provincial government announced it would study three upstream storage options for the Bow River that were identified in the Bow River Water Management Project report in May 2017. To secure an independent firm to conduct the research, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) sent out a Request For

October 29th, 2018|

West Eau Claire Park completed

After 18 months of construction, West Eau Claire Park is complete. The public can now access the park gardens, public art, revitalized pathway and separated cycle track, all with the reassurance of flood mitigation built into the park's design. Below, we've compiled an overview of the project including details

October 29th, 2018|

Centre Street Bridge flood barrier near completion

This fall, the lower deck of the Centre Street Bridge was temporarily closed for flood mitigation improvements. The bridge has reopened and the project, which involves installing cement pillars steel guiderails and a concrete foundation to support placement of temporary aluminum flood barriers during a flood event , is

October 29th, 2018|

CEAA submits information requests on Springbank Project environmental assessment

As part of the normal regulatory process, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has requested additional information on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project. The information requests were submitted to Alberta Transportation, the project proponent, in three packages with a total of 86 questions: June

October 29th, 2018|

Springbank landowners withdraw legal action

In May 2018, a Notice of Application was filed asserting that the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (SR1) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted by Alberta Transportation did not meet the CEAA’s guidelines. A Federal Court hearing was scheduled in November, however, the landowners withdrew their application and the hearing has

October 29th, 2018|

Support the Springbank project – write to CEAA by June 15

Voice your opinion on Springbank Project - deadline is June 15 The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) wants to hear your opinion on the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project environmental assessment. The deadline for public comments is June 15. Get your support on record. As a next step, the CEAA will prepare the draft

June 11th, 2018|

Submit your feedback to CEAA – Open house Thursday, May 24

CEAA invites public comments on Springbank Project environmental assessment Tomorrow evening, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) will host the second of two open houses to collect public feedback on the environmental assessment of the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project. When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 from  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

May 23rd, 2018|

Province pledges funds for flood mitigation in Calgary

Government of Alberta announces funds for flood mitigation, will study three upstream options for the Bow River Earlier this month, the Government of Alberta announced funding for flood mitigation projects throughout the province, including $13.5 million for Calgary projects. The funds are part of the Alberta Community Resilience Program

May 15th, 2018|

Revised Environmental Impact Assessment submitted to regulator

In terms of the schedule, the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (Springbank Project) is currently progressing through the regulatory process. As part of the regulatory process, Alberta Transportation (the Springbank Project proponent) was required to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the Project, to be submitted to both the provincial Natural Resources Conservation

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Welcome to Flood Free Calgary, thank-you for your support.

Over the past few months, we have had impassioned conversations with many of you on the topic of flood risk in Calgary. We are keen to start sharing flood-related information and to involve you in this important cause. Newly formed late last year, our organization works to advocate for timely flood

May 3rd, 2018|