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Southern Alberta irrigation canal to be rehabilitated

UMA Engineering has been given a $1.2 million contract to design and manage the reconstruction of a major section o...


UMA Engineering has been given a $1.2 million contract to design and manage the reconstruction of a major section of the Carseland-Bow River Main Canal in southern Alberta. The canal is one of the major irrigation canals in Western Canada, supplying water to farmlands and communities during the summer. It is 65 kilomtres long, stretching from Carseland east of Calgary to the Little Bow Reserves.
UMA won a Canadian Consulting Engineering Award last year for previous work on a section of the canal known as the East Arrowwood Syphon. It is at the beginning of the new 10-kilometre stretch they are now undertaking, which is known as Reach 4.
The canal borders on the Siksika Nation, so UMA will be working with the community to ensure that their land is not harmed. The engineers will be doing preliminary and detailed design, construction management and commissioning of the completed canal, which is due to occur in 2004-2005.
UMA has also just announced another $1.2 million contract,
to design and build a permanent access road to the Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan for Cameco. The 51.5 kilometre long road will be constructed over two seasons, but Cameco first has to obtain a construction licence, expected in 2003. The all weather road will be wide enough to accommodate large trucks hauling waste rock for disposal in the Sue pit, and for hauling uranium ore to a mill at McClean Lake.


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