Following the Government of Alberta’s commitment in October 2015 to build the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir as part of an overall provincial flood mitigation strategy, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) required for the project is now underway.
The EIA for the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir is required for various environmental regulatory processes, including federal components.
The EIA examines a variety of issues, including but not limited to: air quality, noise, vegetation and wetlands, historical resources, traditional knowledge and traditional land use.
Designed as a dry dam unless flood conditions are present, the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir will work in tandem with the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary. Together, the combined storage capacity would accommodate water volumes equal to the 2013 flood.
The 2013 floods were devastating for Alberta’s communities and economy – temporarily forcing tens of thousands from their homes and resulting in $6 billion in damage.
Government has conducted extensive stakeholder consultation for this project and will continue to engage with stakeholders and provide public updates as milestones are achieved.