THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO RECONSIDER!
The Government of Alberta has decided to pursue an off stream reservoir in Springbank to alleviate the risk of an Elbow River Flood like the one in June 2013. What they failed to do was give any consideration whatsoever to protect the upstream communities of Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows. The Government had another proposal on the table that was upstream of these communities and this website has been created to provide the details of both mitigation proposals and show you why the McLean Creek Flood Storage Site is best and why the Government must reconsider it's position.
WHAT CAUSED THE FLOOD?
The 2013 flood was caused by torrential spring rains that together with the accelerated snowpack melt created a catastrophic crest in the Elbow River.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
The best solution is an infrastructure known as a "Dry Dam". It will collect and hold floodwater then release it slowly back into the river at a controlled rate. There are two proposals being considered and they are the McLean Creek Flood Storage Site and the Springbank Off-Stream Flood Storage Site.
WHY McLEAN CREEK?
1: The McLean Creek Flood Storage Site will protect Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows and Calgary from flooding. The Springbank proposal will only protect Calgary.
2: If the Springbank Off-Stream Flood Storage Site is chosen, a major network of berms and dykes will have to be constructed in Bragg Creek to protect it against the next flood, like those in Redwood Meadows.
3: Contrary to estimates, we believe McLean Creek will not only be a better solution, but cheaper to build as well. The McLean Creek Dry Dam will be built on Crown land and the Springbank Reservoir will be built on private land. Compensation values for landowners used in the latest Cost/Benefit Analysis for private property in Springbank, over 22 square kilometers, is estimated at 40 million dollars. This is less than 30% of what the market says it should be worth. In Bragg Creek, no land compensation for riverfront properties affected by proposed berm construction has been included in cost estimates. Berming will be necessary to protect the community in the event the Springbank Reservoir proceeds. If these addtional costs were included, the Springbank Cost/Benefit Analysis would get blown out of the water and clearly make McLean Creek look like the most cost effective solution.
4: Lastly the McLean Creek Flood Storage Site will create an opportunity for a recreational site that will be enjoyed by Albertans for generations to come.
This photo was taken in 2009 at the exact location of the proposed McLean Creek Dry Dam, The Allan Bill Pond . Allan Bill was completely destroyed in the 2013 flood, but it could be recreated in conjunction with dam construction.