PUBLISHED: 11 March 2014

The 2013 Great Alberta Flood: Progress Report on Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Flooding

In August 2013, Alberta WaterSMART released the collaborative White Paper, The 2013 Great Alberta Flood: Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Future Floods. A broad group of practitioners from across Alberta, Canada and the world participated in developing this paper. The paper was created to provide proactive recommendations for flood management in Alberta.  

During the creation of the paper, two draft versions were posted on the Alberta WaterPortal with the intent of collecting public feedback. The response was excellent, leading to the creation of two separate feedback documents, which are available here.

Since the release of the original White Paper, much has been accomplished by different levels of government, various provincial organizations, businesses and individuals. To reflect these efforts, Alberta WaterSMART has revisited the recommendations outlined in the White Paper and created The 2013 Great Alberta Flood: Progress Report on Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Flooding to highlight actions and activities undertaken to date, and to outline planned next steps.

This Progress Report attempts to capture these activities to show areas that have been fulfilled and topics where gaps remain. The purpose of the Progress Report is to show what recommendations have been acted upon by identifying flood related activities and initiatives to date and where gaps still remain. It is not intended to be a critique or assessment of the specific actions or non-actions of any government, organization, business or individual.

To capture more activities to date and next steps forward, Alberta WaterSMART is requesting the WaterPortal community to review the Progress Report and provide feedback to the following questions;

1.       Is the original collaborative paper, The 2013 Great Alberta Flood: Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Future Floods, still relevant today?

2.       Do you have additional recommendations for flood mitigation, management and/or control in Alberta?

3.       Are you aware of any activities or initiatives that are underway that are not listed in the Progress Report? If yes, please describe.

4.       Moving forward, what are some next steps or priorities you would like to see for flood mitigation, management, and/or control in Alberta?

 

Feedback can be submitted either by filling in the comment boxes below or by e-mail. Public feedback on the Progress Report will be accepted until Tuesday April 8th, 2014. Comments and recommendations will be included in a final report that will be submitted to the Government of Alberta’s Flood Recovery Task Force.