The Springbank dry dam was bad policy from the beginning. Chosen with politics in mind, not people.
The PC’s cost-benefit analysis under-estimated the cost of construction and land requirements in Springbank. The Springbank project will cost as much as–or more than–a dam upstream at McLean Creek.
It doesn’t protect enough people.
A dam in Springbank would leave Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows and Tsuu T’ina Nation under continued threat of flooding. Whereas an upstream option protects all those communities and provides the same protection to Calgary.
It will not be faster to build.
The PC government inaccurately promoted the Springbank dam as the fastest option. It isn’t. Both Springbank and McLean Creek require the same provincial and federal environmental reviews as well as the same regulatory, design and construction timelines. In fact, a McLean Creek dam may be faster as it’s on public land, minimizing potential legal challenges.
A McLean Creek dam is a better option for everybody.
- An upstream dam in McLean Creek would give Calgary the same level of protection and protect Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows, Tsuu T’ina Nation, and Springbank as well.
- As the project is located on the Elbow River is will not help with the bigger threat to Calgary's Bow River communities, downtown core and Stampede Park coming from the Bow River. (Further reading: Calgary Herald, March 6, 2014)
- McLean Creek is also located on public land, eliminating the potential of delay through legal challenges.
- Potential recreational amenity for McLean Creek
- If a project of this cost isn’t about protecting as many high-risk communities as possible, why proceed with it?
Increasing Cost. Decreasing Benefit.
- From the beginning, the cost of Springbank couldn’t be justified by the engineers hired to start the project. (Further reading: Calgary Herald, June 2014)
- Since its announcement in April of 2014, the Springbank dam has been growing in size and cost.
- PC Government’s basis for moving forward with the Springbank dam instead of a dam in McLean Creek was a Cost Benefit Analysis using preliminary engineering and land requirements of about 1,600 acres at $40,000,000 in value.
- Prior to change in government, project land requirements were announced to have increased up to 6884 acres, at a cost of minimally $89 to $158 million.
- Increased land cost was not reflected in the cost/benefit analysis used as justification for Springbank adding major concerns to the validity of the project. (Further reading: Calgary Herald, March 2015)