The Tsuut'ina Nation says it is steadfastly against the proposed Springbank dry dam flood mitigation project on its border and will not give its consent to the project, something the nation says is required for the project to proceed. Read more about this article here.
The Tsuut’ina First Nation is withholding consent for the Springbank dry dam, a key flood mitigation proposal in southern Alberta. Read more about this article here.
No dam consent
Why the Tsuutina First Nation wants to put the brakes on the Springbank Dry Dam flood mitigation project. Read more of this article here.
As Calgary moves into its fourth spring since the great flood of 2013, there’s suddenly a shocking question.
Without the consent of the Tsuut’ina, can the dry dam at Springbank be built at all? Read more of this article here.
As the Bow River runs through the Rockies, it moves from a lake at the bottom of a glacier high up in Banff National Park through a steep valley, winding through stands of century-old Lodgepole pine. Continue reading this article here.
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Opposition to the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir flood mitigation project continues as the federal government announced more than 1,000 comments have been received from regarding the proposed project – with only three per cent of the feedback in favour of the dry dam. Continue reading this article here.
The Comprehensive Flood and Water Management Council, an informal volunteer group of Calgary and area residents, are looking to get the message out to the public that there is a better alternative to the controversial Springbank Off-Stream reservoir with respect to flood mitigation. Continue reading this article here.
As Alberta marks the three-year anniversary of the 2013 floods, the province's transportation minister says a controversial plan to build a dry dam in Springbank is the best way to protect Calgary from a repeat of the disaster. Continue reading this article here.
Conservative MP John Barlow is urging Ottawa to review the contentious Springbank dry dam plan, a project he opposes. The MP, whose Foothills constituency includes the site of the potentially 2,800-hectare proposal and affected landowners, said Tuesday an upstream alternative would also protect communities such as Bragg Creek and the Tsuu-T’ina First Nation. Continue reading this article here.
Local MP adds his name to growing list of dissenters to Springbank reservoir
Foothills Member of Parliament John Barlow says he can’t support the proposed Springbank reservoir the province is planning on building in his riding. According to Barlow, since April of 2014 the cost has grown in both size and cost. Continue reading this article here.
“Dontdamnspringbank.org”, a grassroots group formed to represent landowners, residents and others opposed to the proposed Springbank reservoir, say they’ve been “flooded” with requests for a federal review. Continue reading this article here.
Opponents of the Springbank Dam project are asking the federal government to step in and take a look at the controversial project. The Tsuut’ina Nation have written to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to formally request an environmental review of the project known as SP1. Continue reading this article here.
Rocky View council, landowners skeptical about costs, timeline of Springbank flood reservoir
Plans for a Springbank flood reservoir drew sharp rebukes about its price tag and timeline among members of Rocky View County council Tuesday. Continue reading this article here.
Mary Robinson is taking it personally. Her family has been living on Moose Hill Ranch on the edge of the Elbow River since 1888 — when Alberta was still the Northwest Territories and only four years after Calgary was incorporated as a town with a population of 506. Continue reading this article here.
The environmental assessment is underway for Calgary’s Springbank off-stream reservoir, the Alberta government announced Wednesday. Though Premier Rachel Notley renewed her commitment to proceed with the project in February, she previously came under fire for reneging on her election promise to scrap it. Continue reading this article here.
The Alberta government's decision to build a reservoir in Springbank instead of a dry dam farther southwest at the confluence of McLean Creek and the Elbow River has raised anger and concern in the community of Bragg Creek. Continue reading this article here.
The province has introduced new flood protection initiatives along the Bow and Elbow Rivers to protect Calgary and upstream communities from severe flooding. “Building Alberta’s flood defenses will help protect families and businesses from a repeat of the devastation experienced in 2013,” said Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. Continue reading this article here.
Today Alberta announced almost $300-million dollars of funding for flood mitigation projects along the Elbow River. The Springbank Offstream Reservoir has been given the go-ahead. With more, I'm joined by Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips. Watch this video here.
Alberta will build a major reservoir in Springbank to protect Calgary from Elbow River flooding, the province has announced. The move is sure to upset area landowners opposed to the project, but was welcomed by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Continue reading this article here.
The NDP government announced Monday plans to build a controversial, off-stream reservoir in Springbank despite lingering concerns the project could trigger a protracted battle with landowners and uncertainty about its cost. Continue reading this article here.
A taxpayer lobby says potentially skewed numbers and faulty assumptions about major flood mitigation projects made by the previous Tory regime may have left the new government without the information it needs to decide if spending hundreds of millions to protect Calgary from high waters makes financial sense. Continue reading this article here.
The province’s own modelling shows Calgary would be better protected from large floods by a dry dam that would halt most of the Elbow River’s peak flow rather than the favoured diversion canal that would only stream a small portion of raging waters to a reservoir. Continue reading the article here.
Residents upset after Notley reneges on plan to scrap Springbank dam
During the election the NDP promised to cancel the Prentice government’s plan to divert the Elbow River to a new storage reservoir in Springbank, but the Notley government says it’s not off the table yet. Continue reading the article here.
$250M flood mitigation project inching forward but expert says it doesn't add up
Provincial bureaucrats are quietly pursuing federal approval for a controversial flood mitigation project to protect parts of Calgary even though the NDP government says it has yet to decide whether it will proceed with the Springbank offstream diversion pushed by its Tory predecessors. Continue reading this article here.
Nenshi says NDP flood mitigation ideas 'not bad' but missing plan for the Bow
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the NDP’s flood mitigation idea — to ditch the Springbank dry dam in favour of a reservoir farther upstream at McLean Creek — is “pretty comprehensive,” but still needs work, including a plan for the Bow River.
It’s one of the first conversations he hopes to have with premier-designate Rachel Notley, “once she’s settled in.”
Bow River a bigger flood threat than the Elbow, study shows
Premier Jim Prentice is promising to spend $309 million on an upstream diversion project to protect Calgary from future Elbow River flooding, but a new study says a surging Bow River poses a much larger threat to city businesses and homes. Continue reading this article here.
Estimates of the land affected by a planned flood mitigation project to protect Calgary from a repeat of the 2013 disaster have nearly quadrupled, leading a taxpayer lobby group to doubt Premier Jim Prentice’s claim the diversion canal and dry reservoir is cost-effective. Continue reading this article here.
Some landowners west of Calgary are fighting the province's plan for a flood mitigation project in the Springbank area. There was a big turnout for an open house in Cochrane Wednesday night on the plans for the dry off-stream reservoir. Continue reading this article here.
Springbank residents blasted the government on Tuesday evening at the first public consultation for a controversial reservoir proposed for Springbank that’s designed to mitigate Elbow River flooding. Continue reading this article here.
Protracted talks between the province and Springbank landowners in the path of a proposed off-stream reservoir to mitigate Elbow River flooding could delay the project. Continue reading this article here.
Bruce McAllister questions the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development on the Springbank Dry Resevoir. Click image to watch.
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Representatives from DontDamnSpringbank.org (DDS) presented to Rocky View County (RVC) Policies and Priorities Committee (PPC) at the Oct. 7 meeting, seeking the committee’s support as they fight the Government of Alberta’s plan to build an off-stream reservoir in the Springbank area. Continue reading this article here.
A group of Springbank area residents are opposed to flood mitigation measures announced by Premier Jim Prentice last Friday that will impact some landowners and families in the Springbank area. Continue reading this article here.
Premier Jim Prentice’s suite of flood mitigation announcements, including the approval of a massive dry reservoir west of the city, was met with skepticism by an incredulous Calgary mayor and outrage from Springbank landowners. Continue reading this article here.
A grassroots movement to halt government plans for a massive reservoir in Springbank is picking up speed. Don’t Damn Springbank consists of a group of Springbank landowners and supporters who were unpleasantly surprised to learn in April the Alberta Government intends to flood 1,400 acres of land in a flood prevention reservoir. Continue reading this article here.