“Our government is committed to ensuring Albertans are protected as much as possible from future flood events while at the same time respecting taxpayers’ dollars," said Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
To continue improving the province’s flood resiliency, the Alberta government has committed $600 million over the next three years to fund high priority flood mitigation projects.
Of the $600 million earmarked for flood mitigation, $325 million is allocated to the Resilience and Mitigation Program (RAMP), which funds community-level mitigation projects such as berms, dikes, and riverbank erosion control work. RAMP funding will be available to municipalities right across the province.
Mitigation project highlights:
- An off-stream storage site near Springbank Road west of Calgary will divert and store water from the Elbow River during flood conditions.
- A dry dam at the confluence of McLean Creek and the Elbow River will provide flood mitigation for Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows, and Calgary.
- A southern route for the Highwood River diversion will direct flood water around High River and provide water storage options that can be used for irrigation. However, a northern route and a north-south split diversion option also remain possibilities.
- An underground diversion from the Elbow River into the Bow River in Calgary is at the feasibility study stage. A report is due to Calgary city council at the end of June.
Mitigation infrastructure projects have multi-year timelines. The next steps for infrastructure projects are preliminary designs, environmental review, and community consultation.
In addition to funding potential mitigation infrastructure projects, the Government of Alberta has provided over $200 million for erosion control projects in Alberta’s most flood-prone communities, with many already in progress.