River Hazard Studies

River hazard studies are enhanced versions of flood hazard studies.

Thirteen multi-year studies currently underway will identify river hazards and produce new flood inundation and flood hazard maps for the following:

  • Less than 5 km of Bragg Creek
  • Less than 5 km of Willow Creek
  • 5 km of Hangingstone River
  • 5 km of Michichi Creek
  • 5 km of Lott Creek
  • 10 km of Bullshead Creek
  • 10 km of the Little Bow River
  • 10 km of Kneehills Creek
  • 10 km of the Rosebud River
  • 15 km of the Athabasca River
  • 15 km of Priddis Creek
  • 20 km of Bearberry Creek
  • 20 km of the Clearwater River
  • 20 km of Piper Creek
  • 25 km of Ross Creek
  • 25 km of Seven Persons Creek
  • 30 km of Fish Creek
  • 35 km of Threepoint Creek
  • 35 km of Waskasoo Creek
  • 40 km of the South Saskatchewan River
  • 50 km of the Peace River
  • 50 km of the Sheep River
  • 70 km of the Elbow River
  • 90 km of the Highwood River
  • 110 km of the North Saskatchewan River
  • 180 km of the Red Deer River
  • 435 km of the Bow River

For more information about the new river hazard studies, please contact:

Current Studies

Bow and Elbow River Hazard Study

The Bow and Elbow River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 80 km of the Bow River and 70 km of the Elbow River, including lengths of Bragg and Lott Creeks.

The study area covers the Bow River between Bearspaw Dam and the Highwood River confluence, and the Elbow River between Bragg Creek and the Bow River confluence.

The study area includes Calgary, Bragg Creek, Municipal District of Foothills, Redwood Meadows, Rocky View County, and Tsuut’ina Nation.

Drumheller River Hazard Study

The Drumheller River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 53 km of the Red Deer River, 8 km of Kneehills Creek, 5 km of Michichi Creek, 10 km of the Rosebud River, and 3 km of Willow Creek.

The study area includes the Town of Drumheller, Kneehill County, Starland County, Wheatland County, and Special Areas No. 2.

Fort McMurray River Hazard Study

The Fort McMurray River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 15 km of the Athabasca River at Fort McMurray, 20 km of the Clearwater River upstream of its confluence with the Athabasca River, and 5 km of the Hangingstone River upstream of its confluence with the Clearwater River.

Highwood River Hazard Study

The Highwood River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 90 km of the Highwood River and 10 km of the Little Bow River, including Municipal District of Foothills, High River and Longview.

The study extends from upstream of Longview to the confluence with the Bow River. Major tributaries at select communities are included.

Medicine Hat River Hazard Study

The Medicine Hat River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 40 km of the South Saskatchewan River, 24 km of Ross Creek, 23 km of Seven Persons Creek, and 10 km of Bullshead Creek.

The study area includes Medicine Hat, Cypress County, Redcliff, and Desert Blume.

North Saskatchewan River Hazard Study

The North Saskatchewan River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 111 km of the North Saskatchewan River, including Parkland County, Leduc County, the Town of Devon, the City of Edmonton, Sturgeon County, Strathcona County, and the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

The study extends from upstream of Devon to downstream of Fort Saskatchewan.

Peace River Hazard Study

The Peace River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 52 km of the Peace River and 1 km of the Heart River.

The study extends from the end of the Shaftesbury Trail, through Peace River to just past the Diashowa Mill.

Priddis River Hazard Study

The Priddis River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 30 km of Fish Creek and 15 km of Priddis Creek.

The study area includes the Municipal District of Foothills, Priddis, and Priddis Greens.

Red Deer River Hazard Study

The Red Deer River Hazard Study will assess and identify river and flood hazards along 51 km of the Red Deer River, 33 km of Waskasoo Creek, and 18 km of Piper Creek.

The study area includes Red Deer, Lacombe County, Red Deer County, and Penhold.

Sheep River Hazard Study

The Sheep River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 50 km of the Sheep River upstream of the Highwood River confluence, and a 35 km reach of Threepoint Creek upstream of the Sheep River confluence.

The study area includes the Municipal District of Foothills, Black Diamond, Millarville, Okotoks, and Turner Valley.

Siksika Bow River Hazard Study

The Siksika Bow River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 215 km of the Bow River downstream of the Highwood River confluence.

The study area includes Siksika Nation, Bow City, Rocky View County, County of Newell, Municipal District of Foothills, Rocky View County, Vulcan County, and Wheatland County.

Upper Bow River Hazard Study

The Upper Bow River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 120 km of the Bow River, including Canmore, Cochrane, Exshaw, Kananaskis Improvement District, Lac des Arcs, Municipal District of Bighorn, Rocky View County, and Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

The study extends from the Banff National Park boundary to Bearspaw Dam. Major tributaries at select communities are included.

Upper Red Deer River Hazard Study

The Upper Red Deer River Hazard Study project will assess and identify river and flood hazards along 75 km of the Red Deer River and 18 km of Bearberry Creek.

The study area includes Red Deer County, Clearwater County, Mountain View County, and Sundre.

 

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Updated: Jun 20, 2018