Flood Mitigation Studies

Reports on Engineering Studies

Draft reports on engineering studies to review and assess flood mitigation options for Alberta's most flood-prone river basins.

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Provincial Flood Damage Assessment Study

Provincial Flood Damage Assessment Study - Feb 2015 (117 pages, 5.4 MB)

This study updated/developed flood damage curves in select communities at risk of flooding to 2014 economic values and established adjustment indices for their use in different flood prone communities across Alberta. It also developed a computerized model for estimating flood damages and undertook flood damage estimates for select communities throughout Alberta.

The City of Calgary was identified as a high priority centre and selected as the pilot municipality for the updating of flood damage curves and development of a Rapid Flood Damage Assessment Model.

Benefit/Cost Analysis of Flood Mitigation Projects for the City of Calgary

Glenmore Reservoir Diversion - Feb 2015 (37 pages, 14.7MB)

A benefit-cost analysis of the Glenmore Reservoir Diversion was conducted using updated flood damage curves developed through the Provincial Flood Damage Assessment Study.

McLean Creek Flood Storage - Feb 2015 (37 pages, 16.1 MB)

A benefit-cost analysis of the McLean Creek Dry Dam was conducted using updated flood damage curves developed through the Provincial Flood Damage Assessment Study.

Springbank Off-Stream Flood Storage - Feb 2015 (61 pages, 9.9 MB)

A benefit-cost analysis of the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir was conducted using updated flood damage curves developed through the Provincial Flood Damage Assessment Study.

Forecasting, Damage/Hazard Assessments, and Other Flood-related Studies

Advice to Government on Water Management in the Bow River Basin - May 17, 2017 (226 pages, 8.2 MB)
Report author: Bow River Working Group

Advice from the Bow River Working Group for water management in the Bow River Basin.

Environmental Overview of the Conceptual Elbow River Dam at McLean Creek - Feb 2015 (410 pages, 10.9 MB)
Engineering consultant: AMEC

The environmental overview of the proposed McLean Creek Dry Dam summarizes the environmental resources and associated land uses that could be affected if this project were to be developed.

Recommendations on the Elbow River Major Infrastructure Decisions - Oct 2015 (6 pages, <1 MB)
Report author: Alberta Environment and Parks

This report summarizes the recommendations from Deltares on Elbow River flood mitigation.

Review of Bragg Creek/Springbank Off-Stream and McLean Creek Flood Storage - Oct 7, 2015 (9 pages, <1 MB)
Engineering consultant: Deltares

This study review two major projects proposed for the Elbow River and provides a recommendation on which project to take forward to construction-ready status.

Review of Flood Mitigation Proposals for High River - Feb 2015 (44 pages, 3.3 MB)
Engineering consultant: Deltares

This study reviewed two key flood mitigation reports (from AECOM and Worley Parson) and provides an evaluation of flood mitigation alternatives for High River.

River Forecast Centre Lessons Learned Summary Report - May 16, 2014 (161 pages, 3.3 MB)
Consultant: Dillon Consulting

River Forecast Centre partners were engaged in discussions regarding the 2013 floods events in order to gain a better understanding of what occurred in each community, how each group responded, and what they have learned.

River Forecast Performance Measures Development Project - Sep 3, 2014 (224 pages, 10.3 MB)
Consultant: Stantec

This report examines the background, approach, methods and summary of the performance measures of several flood forecast centres in North America, Europe and South Pacific to help assess the flood forecasting program in Alberta.

Room for the River Pilot in the Bow River Basin - Feb 27, 2015 (70 pages, 2.1 MB)
Consultant: Alberta WaterSMART

A pilot project was undertaken in the Bow River Basin to consider the extent to which strategies from the Dutch Room for the River program could be adapted and applied here in Alberta.

This study examines the uncertainties in weather forecasting and proposes a method the River Forecast Centre can use to manage those uncertainties when modeling rainfall scenarios and issuing flood advisories.

River Basin Studies

Final engineering studies to review and assess flood mitigation options for Alberta's most flood-prone river basins.

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Athabasca River

Feasibility Study - Athabasca River Basins

Engineering consultants: Golder Associates and IBI Group

  • Part 1 - May 2014 (106 pages, 31.8 MB)
  • Part 2 - May 2014 (161 pages, 43.7 MB)

Bow, Elbow and Oldman Rivers

Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force Flood Mitigation Measures for the Bow River, Elbow River and Oldman River Basins

Engineering consultant: AMEC

Related Information

The City of Calgary released the final report on the Glenmore Reservoir Diversion Feasibility Study. This study was funded by the Alberta government and directed by the City of Calgary.

Highwood, Sheep and South Saskatchewan Rivers

Highwood River

Highwood River Water Management Plan- Jul 9, 2014 (12 pages, 13.7 MB)
Engineering consultant: AECOM

Sheep River

Sheep River Water Management Plan- Jun 6, 2014 (64 pages, 4.5 MB)
Engineering consultant: AECOM

South Saskatchewan River

South Saskatchewan River Sub-Basin Water Management Plan- Jun 2014 (108 pages, 49.6 MB)
Engineering consultant: AECOM

Peace River

Peace River Basin Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study

Engineering consultant: AECOM

  • Part 1 - Jul 2015 (77 pages, 19.1 MB)
  • Part 2 - Jul 2015 (116 pages, 13.5 MB)
  • Part 3 - Jul 2015 (37 pages, 20.3 MB)

Red Deer River

Red Deer River Basin Flood Mitigation Study- May 2014 (117 pages, <1 MB)
Engineering consultant: Stantec

 

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Updated: Nov 16, 2017