The government of Canada has committed $168.5 million for the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir project, a design that will protect Calgary and other downstream communities from the potential damage caused by extreme flooding.
In June 2013, communities in southern Alberta experienced devastating effects of flooding caused by heavy rainfall. In June 2015, Alberta Environment and Parks commissioned the Dutch research foundation Deltares to review original infrastructure proposal reports and a subsequent benefit/cost study for flood mitigation work on the Elbow River and provide a recommendation on which project to take forward to construction-ready status.
Stantec Consulting was retained for the design, engineering and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
This project includes the construction of an off-stream storage reservoir in Rocky View County to divert extreme flood flow from the Elbow River to a reservoir where it would be contained temporarily until the flood peak has passed.
Once completed, these measures will help protect southern Alberta communities for decades to come.