The Bog

The Bog is where thoughts, opinions, discussion pieces, and action converge. Influential thinkers from the water community are invited to share their insights on current or controversial water topics. Please note that the views expressed herein are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Alberta WaterPortal.

On February 27th 2015 the eagerly anticipated Damage Assessments of the three proposed infrastructure projects for flood mitigation on the Elbow River and the McLean Creek Environmental Overview were released. The Government of Alberta released a fact sheet along with the reports.

Overall Costs of Flood Damage

The City of Calgary flood damage estimates were created though updated stage-damage curves and the Provincial Rapid Flood Damages Assessment Model. Additional information about how these damage estimates were developed can be found in the document “City of Calgary: Assessment of Flood Damages” and its appendices.

Detailed flood damage studies have not been completed outside of the City of Calgary. Areas such as Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows and infrastructure within Rocky View County would not be protected by the Springbank Off-Steam Flood Storage project or the Glenmore Reservoir Diversion (Calgary Tunnel). To accommodate for this gap, information was taken from 2013 Southern Alberta Disaster Recovery Program and an Alberta Environment Planning Division publication from 1987 for Bragg Creek.

  • The 2013 Southern Alberta Disaster Recovery Program estimated amount for flood recovery projects between the McLean Creek dam site and the City of Calgary is approximately $5.6 million.
  • The Alberta Environment Planning Division publication from 1987 in Bragg Creek estimates damages on the order of $12.7 million would be incurred by Bragg Creek in the event of a 1:100 year flood.

On December 19th 2014, Alberta WaterSMART released the Room for the River Pilot in the Bow River Basin – Advice to the Government of Alberta and asked stakeholders and the general public for their comments, concerns, thoughts and feedback.


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"Bow River" by Tim Redpath is licenced under CC BY 2.0. No changes were made to photograph.

In the 18 months since the 2013 floods occurred in Alberta, a wide range of mitigation options for the Bow River Basin have been identified, studied, and implemented by the Government of Alberta (GoA), municipalities, non-government organizations, and others.

Today's blog post first appeared in the Bow River Basin Council's publication ' Preserving Our Lifeline'. You can read past newsletters and editions of 'Preserving Our Lifeline' here.

The Oldman Watershed Council, or OWC, is a community-based, not-for-profit that works with stakeholders to find practical solutions to environmental challenges. Recently, the Council launched a film project dubbed “Oldman Goes to Hollywood” meant to communicate where water in the Oldman Basin comes from, where it goes and what happens in between. Although the film is meant to be educational, the project also endeavors to inspire and contribute to a stronger sense of community.  

Anna Garleff, Communications Coordinator at the Oldman Watershed Council, was interviewed on CKXU radio about the film project. If you would like to learn more about the Oldman watershed, or the Council’s recent project click to listen below.