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 Concept-3

What are the strengths and weaknesses of concept 3 and why?

What do you think this concept's benefits and impacts will be on:

  • The way the community looks, feels and moves?
  • Providing equal protection from river flood to all citizens/communities?
  • The amenities/services in your community?
  • The health of the rivers and floodplain as it flows from the mountains, through the city and to other communities downstream?
  • The long-term supply and quality of water for our community?
  • Protecting Calgary's economic core? Should downtown be protected to a higher level?
  • The city as a whole?

9 November, 2016

Kim says:

“Springbank Reservoir needs to proceed NOW as it provides the most protection. The barriers along the Bow are less appealing.”

8 November, 2016

Vanice Simpson says:

“ “Mclean Creek dry dam protects more people, costs less, with lower environmental impact. Protect Everyone upstream and downstream. ””

8 November, 2016

Linda says:

“A dry dam in Springbank will cause too much damage to farmland and someone else's community for the amount of protection it will provide.”

8 November, 2016

Evan Welbourn says:

“We need to do the spring bank reservoir . It is common to at least two of the proposed solutions”

8 November, 2016

Markj Hornby says:

“Barriers are necessary in addition to reservoirs on both rivers. Pareas such as Sunnyside and Bowness need barriers in addition to reservoir”

8 November, 2016

Kel Johnston says:

“Your drawbacks list is substantially longer than the benefits. I question your cost benefit study.”

8 November, 2016

Prospring says:

“Springbank reservoir is by far best solution on a cost/benefit basis. ”

8 November, 2016

bwalker says:

“This would be preferable to barriers alone. Springbank reservoir is the most cost effective first line of defence.”

8 November, 2016

Tom says:

“Don't create barriers on private land. If this is necessary, buy out property owners at market rates. Barriers will destroy their lifestyle”

8 November, 2016

lornatsta says:

“Yes to Springbank idea, barriers along Bow might offer more protection to downtown, cheaper than Bow storage option, impact during building”

8 November, 2016

ken says:

“Dam should be built upstream of Bearspaw Dam by province”

8 November, 2016

Brian says:

“How is this concept a higher cost benefit than other concepts? Look at MR1 without barriers! SR1 will be a slough. MR1 a pristine lake. ”

8 November, 2016

Katya says:

“How can both concepts 2 and 3 provide the least flood protection, when the benefit of #3 is double that of #2? Descriptions are wrong.”

8 November, 2016

Dano says:

“Barriers are ineffective as a flood mitigation measure.”

8 November, 2016

Dorothy says:

“No to Springbank dam. It would protect such a small part of Calgary. The Bow is the biggest flooder and needs the most attention. ”

8 November, 2016

Sandman says:

“Increasing the height of Glenmore Dam to increase its capacity is a good idea, in conjunction with the Springbank reservoir.”

8 November, 2016

Sandman says:

“Flood barriers cause environmental damage, are unsightly and dangerous, are unfriendly to wildlife, and limit recreational use of rivers.”

8 November, 2016

Sandman says:

“The best solution is to complete the Springbank project ASAP, and then construct a similar reservoir on the Bow.”

8 November, 2016

S Mountjoy says:

“Let's not forget and minimize the devastation of 3 years ago! We know upstream mitigation (Springbank) is essential. Please move forward.”

8 November, 2016

Bill says:

“Best. Protects all and all can share the the cost. Otherwise, tax only Calgarians for any other measures.”

8 November, 2016

Jim says:

“Build the dam in McLean Creek. That way Calgary can have a water reservoir and private land is left in tact.”

8 November, 2016

Msthebow says:

“This is my first choice. The upstream mitigation is essential.”

8 November, 2016

Paul says:

“This seems to make sense - the upstream reservoir is critical. Protect Calgary!!!”

8 November, 2016

Yes to SR1 says:

“SR1 is good but rethink barriers on Bow. Work with 5 upstream dams to manage flow instead.”

8 November, 2016

Smith says:

“Relying on SR1 which does not protect the downtown core. Barriers will only help in specific areas, not reliable during major flood event.”

8 November, 2016

John Simpson says:

“You'll have to keep building bigger berms because the high waters keep depositing gravel & debris every year displacing and rising the river”

8 November, 2016

John Simpson says:

““Every high water event carries more debris into the river creating more displacement = higher waters. DREDGE the river as well as berm. ” ”

8 November, 2016

KevinT says:

“If the Springbank Dam is built what is built to protect the communities upstream?”

8 November, 2016

KevinT says:

“Barriers seem like a promising solution for Sunnyside. Wouldn't need to add much to the existing berms to protect the community.”

8 November, 2016

Raised in Springbank says:

“NDP campaigned promising to scrap SR1 & move on McLean. The old "bait & switch" is in play right before our eyes. Disgusted with this tactic”

8 November, 2016

Michelle Williams says:

“I live in Calgary - protect all citizens rural/city, small/large centres equally -use crown land - belongs to everyone - Dam McClean Creek!”

8 November, 2016

Raised in Springbank says:

“Calgarians are not more worthy human beings than any other Albertans. Why isn't this about protecting the most people possible per project?”

8 November, 2016

Raised in Springbank says:

“Poor planning by Calgary city planners cannot be made to be the problem of the Springbank residents who don't live on a flood plain.”

8 November, 2016

John says:

“These questions have been re-visited several times. Experts concur that the Springbank reservoir is most effective. Quit stalling. ”

8 November, 2016

Bill says:

“Protect the most possible. Springbank dam does not do that. Have to protect downtown. That means McLean Creek.”

8 November, 2016

Raised in Springbank says:

“Too much money to "protect" city residents better than upstream rural residents. Protect citizens equally. Dam McLean!”

8 November, 2016

Kay says:

“No dam! Destroys lives and livelihoods. Only helps Elbow Drive, not downtown area. Too many tax dollars for too little gain.”

8 November, 2016

Frank says:

“A Springbank dry dam? What do they plan to do once it has been filled once with silt, trees etc? Are they going to reclaim it or leave it?”

8 November, 2016

Frank says:

“A Springbank dry dam? What do they plan to do once it has been filled once with silt, trees etc? Are they going to reclaim it or leave it?”

8 November, 2016

Bert says:

“No Springbank dam. Expensive. Little protection. McLean protects downtown core.”

8 November, 2016

SR1 Boondoggle says:

“Can we not unify for a solution that helps THE MOST? GoA has the land,engineers have expertise. Go further upstream: McLean Dam or TRJR. ”

8 November, 2016

Anthony says:

“Why does NDP really want 7000 acres of farmland? Could it be redevelopment? Dam would not protect downtown or the Bow. Only Elbow. NO!!”

8 November, 2016

Bob says:

“Relative to upstream mitigation, barriers do not offer the same cost-benefit efficiency, and are still susceptible to multiple failure spots”

8 November, 2016

Rick says:

“The best solution for the city in total.”

7 November, 2016

not happy says:

“Flooding Springbank for the benefit of Calgarians is no benefit. We are better than that.”

7 November, 2016

Naomi says:

“The opinions of several flood experts that were engaged by the PC and NDP governments concluded the best solution is Springbank. Build it!”

7 November, 2016

Peter Brimacombe says:

“I'm for any option that includes building springbank Can't see owners/communities being for these barriers Build springbank and protect us!”

7 November, 2016

SR1 boondoggle says:

“I want my tax$$ to help the most, not subject injurious affection on even a few, that's not morally right when options exist. NO to SR1!”

7 November, 2016

SR1 boondoggle says:

“Calgary was duped about SR1, everybody wants it fast! McLean or Tri-River Jt Reservoir would protect the masses, not just a few along Elbow”

7 November, 2016

Smann says:

“As upstream expansion flood fields have been successfully implemented in Europe, GET GOING!!!”

7 November, 2016

SR1 boondoggle says:

“GoA not transparent with cost/benefit for SR1. What if there is no flood damage compensation? Elbow homes got it twice!! Where's justice?”

7 November, 2016

Pat says:

“Build Springbank. Barriers seem to have more negative impact than positive. There should be better ways to protect downtown.”

7 November, 2016

Please Hurry says:

“Looks like the Springbank Reservoir is the most effective. Lets build it before the next flood!”

7 November, 2016

Enough says:

“GoA needs to get tough with civic officials about land use. One community should not bear the brunt for decades of floodplain development.”

7 November, 2016

Brenda L. says:

“Fed govt have identified environmental issues, etc and r now involved. What does that tell you? More "political" science than hard science?”

7 November, 2016

John says:

“Calgary river communities can complain that berms are unsightly, but Springbank residents resist losing their community and they cry NIMBY?!”

7 November, 2016

John says:

“There is absolutely no reason flood mitigation needs to happen on private land! Build on crown land at MacLean, protect all communities!”

7 November, 2016

John says:

“Why Springbank? Because 10 years from now the province can make a mint developing "lakeside property"! MC1 Has everyone's good in mind!”

7 November, 2016

John says:

“Wow, true colours of Calgarians shown! You think you were the only ones to lose everything to the flood?? MC1 Protects all of us!”

7 November, 2016

concerned says:

“SR1 bulldozes productive farmland. Mclean Creek can hold equal volume and be a better dam than a mudflat, All plans protect downtown”

7 November, 2016

Commonsense says:

“Crazy to spend so much $ for benefit of small # of homes. Think... build a dam, generate hydro elec, create jobs & recreation opportunities!”

7 November, 2016

Megan says:

“Why is this so dramatic? This is rural vs. urban! It's pathetic. Why dont we all look at the big picture? Protect everyone. ”

7 November, 2016

Gargoyle says:

“Not a necessary dam, people shouldn't build beside the river - it's a flood plain! only every 100 yrs but a flood plain nevertheless.”

7 November, 2016

Megan says:

“Do you know grizzly bears, cougars and elk live here, right in Springbank? They have for generations. Why make them pay for our problems?”

7 November, 2016

Megan says:

“The government needs to ban building on a flood plain. This would not be an issue. Build upstream and protect everyone. ”

7 November, 2016

Megan says:

“This land is precious, not only to myself and my family, but to the wildlife that call Springbank home. Don't dam Springbank. ”

7 November, 2016

Megan says:

“It's appauling that urban people are pushing SR1. Protect everyone. Not just the people who live in expensive houses on the flood plain. ”

7 November, 2016

C.W. says:

“All of the areas affected by both thev2013bElbow and Bow flooding need to be protected”

7 November, 2016

Robert Edgar says:

“Strong idea. Protects Calgary core 100% and deals with problem spots along bow river”

7 November, 2016

Flooded twice says:

“Upstream mitigation is the only option that makes sense. Get on with SR1.”

7 November, 2016

Brandon says:

“This concept takes water mitigation that the glenmore is sappose to do and making a big one else where in the guyse of flood protection.”

7 November, 2016

Ddd says:

“Build spring bank. ”

7 November, 2016

Ignorance is bliss says:

“If SR1 goes through don't be shocked when you find out the cost benefit analysis was bogus. Don't be fooled SR1 is not the cheapest/best opt”

7 November, 2016

Laurie says:

“Drought will be a much bigger issue in the coming years. Go with MC1. Provide protection, recreation, wildlife habitat for all! ”

7 November, 2016

k says:

“Why are urban lives & livelihoods more important than rural ones? Dam MacLean Creek and protect everyone!”

7 November, 2016

tom kent says:

“barriers dubious , will force up city taxes unless Feds are paying? dithering will cause province to possibly blink on Springbank. build it”

7 November, 2016

Mary Saucier says:

“Hey, the flood happened IN 2013....WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? wE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS IDEA THING SEVERAL TIMES ALREADY...ENOUGH ALREADY!”

7 November, 2016

Darlene rogers says:

“We cannot afford further devastation as a city. Flooding has occurred for over 100 years and will worsen with climate change. ACT NOW !!!!!!”

7 November, 2016

fklein68 says:

“Think upstream reservoir protects downtown and homes along Elbow with little impact on community. Barriers along Bow disruptive and ugly”

7 November, 2016

Richard says:

“Yes to Springbank, but Bow River needs more than just barriers. They would be too high and ruin riverbank. Bow needs both.”

7 November, 2016

Allan says:

“Listen to the Tri River Joint Reservoir Project. Protect all communities. Forget SR1!!”

7 November, 2016

gg says:

“Barriers on the Bow and not the Elbow may lead to higher levels on the Bow backing up into the Elbow and flooding there. Mitigate upstream!”

7 November, 2016

Agata Korth says:

“Just do whatever is necessary to protect our city. Enough "discussions" just do it already! ”

7 November, 2016

NDM says:

“The city is already reinforcing the banks of the bow why can't they do the same on the Elbow?”

7 November, 2016

Tired of fighting says:

“Protect all communities. Build dam at McLean Creek!”

7 November, 2016

Richard Maire says:

“Berms are not the solution.Build Springbank dry dam ASAP.”

7 November, 2016

OI says:

“A dam in Springbank would not be a cost effective solution and still leave communities unprotected. Alberta taxpayers deserve better”

7 November, 2016

Michael Mulloy says:

“As a Sunnyside resident, I support the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association brief on flood mitigation measures.”

7 November, 2016

SRCJ says:

“Does not offer comprehensive floor protection. Damage to environment, ecology, farm land & health is shortsighted & politically motivated”

7 November, 2016

EB says:

“I fully support the combination of SR1 and barriers along the Bow, plus further investigation about a Bow reservoir. The cost/ben is clear. ”

7 November, 2016

JKS says:

“Bad idea to restrict farmland for a 100 year flood while still not protecting upstream. Dredge glenmore reservoir so it holds more water. ”

7 November, 2016

Sara says:

“McLean Creek area is a mess from the flood. Common sense=dam McLean. Resort recreation, store water, protect Brragg Creek, RW Meadows & YYC”

7 November, 2016

Shannon says:

“Don't destroy Springbank and our ranching heritage. #AlbertaStrong means we pull together and don't sacrifice one community for another.”

7 November, 2016

Margaret says:

“Take care of the Bow, its waters affect far more people than the Elbow. McLean Creek!”

7 November, 2016

Sandra says:

“The Bow needs flood mitigation first, not the Elbow. Downtown must be protected. McLean Creek is the answer.”

7 November, 2016

Marc says:

“This is a terrible plan. It doesn't protect up-stream communities (Bragg Creek/Redwood Meadows) and will cost far more than estimated.”

7 November, 2016

Khan says:

“Studying the environmental impact on MC would take years (probably never be built) leaving zero mitigation for the ones affected. SR1!”

7 November, 2016

Barb says:

“Fully support SR1, as this has been studied over and over as the best option. Less damage to wildlife natural area where MC would be. ”

7 November, 2016

flood victim~Rideau says:

“YES to Upstream mitigation (SR1); Combined with strategically placed barriers ~ Let's get this done.”

7 November, 2016

all says:

“The McLean Creek Option is better for Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows and Tsuu T'ina as well as for downtown Calgary. Better for all.”

7 November, 2016

mly says:

“McLean Creek Is an inclusive solution! Don't destroy Springbank lands!”

7 November, 2016

Harold says:

“Do you value clean drinking water? Go further upstream. See preventingalbertafloods.ca Risks with SR1 are too great. See Stantec report.”

7 November, 2016

Harold says:

“The Federal Govt agree a Canadian Environmental Assessment must be done. There is just cause. SR1is not best protection for the good of all.”

7 November, 2016

Clay Robinson says:

“Maclean Creek is the option for everyone on the Elbow River including the City of Calgary. Don't destroy homes and families for a 1/2 fix”

7 November, 2016

Harold says:

“Downtown is the economic engine of Calgary, so manage the problem. BOW RIVER mitigation, first! See IBI report, 2/3 of damages from the BOW”

7 November, 2016

Harold says:

“McLean Creek:Reservoir capacity & recreational value on Crown land. That's the Alberta way, not to inflict injurious affection upon others. ”

7 November, 2016

Roger123 says:

“McLean Creek is the best solution. Both in $$ and Protect Bragg Creek as well. Only the Gov would be so inept. Lower dam levels in Spring.”

7 November, 2016

Laurie Edge-Hughes says:

“Do what you can within the city to mitigate flooding. Don't wreck Springbank lands. Dam McLean Creek instead!”

7 November, 2016

Rambo says:

“Springbank Dam is an expensive, experimental solution to an extremely rare occurrence. Use Mclean Creek, making it recreational for all!”

7 November, 2016

Common sense says:

“Build MC1 It is on Government land. Don't take lives, homes & businesses away from people that were here long before anyone else!!! ”

7 November, 2016

LW says:

“Sprinbank vs barriers is just a " give in to the wealthy" Sacrifice agriculture and useable environment for the Wealthy..Mclean Creek!!!”

7 November, 2016

BP says:

“It is not feasible that barriers alone will protect communities and downtown Calgary. The Bow & Elbow need upstream reservoirs/mitigation. ”

7 November, 2016

KH says:

“McLean Creek option best-already Gov't owned. Springbank dam won't protect downtown. Springbank dam way too costly and displaces families.”

7 November, 2016

Adrian Nagy says:

“This is a Calgary problem-don't make it problem for Springbank. There are other alternatives that apparently have not been identified”

7 November, 2016

JN says:

“Dam is a waste of billions of dollars and a complete enviro mess. Poorly thought out and a waste. Economics don't match!”

7 November, 2016

Harold says:

“Downtown damages were from the Bow. The majority of people affected by the flood were in Bowness and downtown. SR1 does nothing for them!”

7 November, 2016

Anne says:

“Most important to protect downtown. A dam at Springbank won't do that. Berms and barriers will.”

7 November, 2016

Lucy says:

“Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir a total waste of billions. McLean Creek more affordable and more effective.”

7 November, 2016

Lesley says:

“Why does the NDP government want to buy 7000 acres at Springbank when they already own McLean Creek? Get real!”

7 November, 2016

flood victim says:

“Shame on those opposed to this. A flood event MAY impact some farmland temporarily while it is SURE to devastate Calgary homes & businesses.”

6 November, 2016

SG says:

“We must have upstream mitigation projects completed as soon as possible. SR1 is the best idea.”

6 November, 2016

Larry says:

“SR1 is a poor choice. It protects only a few homes and is extremely costly. The Province has grossly understated the true cost of SR1”

6 November, 2016

PG says:

“Upstream mitigation (SR-1 and Bow) make the most sense. Downtown Calgary must be protected. ”

6 November, 2016

HM says:

“SR1 costs unknown, less effective than believed, protects only a few. MR1 makes more sense in ever way.”

6 November, 2016

Frank says:

“6 Billion dollars in damage. This is a common sense mitigation strategy the province needs the courage to mitigate or accept the blame.”

6 November, 2016

Reece says:

“There could not be an infrastructure project more worthy of funding than the Springbank reservoir given potential damage of another flood”

6 November, 2016

Get on with it says:

“Both are required. Downtown is the economic engine of the city. It needs to be protected”

6 November, 2016

Mark says:

“SR1 is not the right option. Violating landowners rights and destroying fertile land while much better options have been ignored. NOT OK! ”

6 November, 2016

RFLOG1 says:

“The cost of SR1 will continue to mushroom. I strongly support the McLean Creek option as was promised as part of the NDP election platform.”

6 November, 2016

Jumping Pound Guy says:

“Homeowners below Glenmore Dam have already been offered buyouts by Province. Buyout the 20 or so holdouts and build berms along the river.”

6 November, 2016

Marlene says:

“Mclean Creek provides drought management, energy generation and recreation space that the government could profit from. SR1 is a mistake.”

6 November, 2016

Jim says:

“SR1 floods over pipelines carrying toxic petrochemicals. Pipeline failure would contaminate city drinking water. McLean Creek is safer.”

6 November, 2016

Dave says:

“Why the rush? This is not an urgent problem. Take time to figure out the best way. Its not daming Springbank.”

6 November, 2016

Helen says:

“The government's valuation of the land at Springbank is far too low. This proposal will cost far more than they say and will do little”

6 November, 2016

Colin says:

“What does the government really want all this land at Springbank for? I don't think its for a dam.”

6 November, 2016

ranchman 1 says:

“Springbank Road - while not driveable - cuts the school bus route off and divides Springbank trade routes off! Is that a cost/benefit?”

6 November, 2016

ranchman 1 says:

“GOA cost/benefit does NOT include current land cost, cost of raising Hwy 22, cost of moving Springbank Road to a new location!”

6 November, 2016

Marlene says:

“The McLean Creek project needs to be considered as seriously and critically as all other options. SR1 is not the best option. ”

6 November, 2016

Ron says:

“SR1 is not flood mitigation. It only transfers flood and damage from one community onto another. McLean creek helps all upstream. ”

6 November, 2016

Jim says:

“The Zika mosquito was found in Canada. Countless pools of stagnant water left behind from SR1 will breed mosquitos. Health Risk!”

6 November, 2016

Dr. R B Church says:

“See 1890s Elbow River reviews by Gord Pearce Studies as reviewed by Water Smart in Dec 2014.”

5 November, 2016

Sam says:

“Calgary is not only city on a flood plain. It is the only city that hasn't actively worked to mirigate flood damage. Look to other cities”

5 November, 2016

Sam says:

“YYC is one of very few cities worldwide that doesn't have in-city flood protection along the river. E.g. Seoul - has never flooded.”

5 November, 2016

Brenda L. says:

“Droughts statistically are more frequent than floods. Springbank DRY dam is poor public policy, short-sighted and questionable cost/benefit.”

5 November, 2016

Brenda L. says:

“Droughts statistically are more frequent than floods. Springbank DRY dam is very short-sighted, bad public policy and a waste of money.”

5 November, 2016

Brenda L. says:

“Calgary's greatest damage was from the Bow. SR1 is misguided and bad public policy. The Bow river needs attention and berm the Elbow River.”

5 November, 2016

DM says:

“The Concept misleadingly refers to the SR1 size as "a field" and a tiny red star on the map. It's closer to 6500 acres up to 1# highway.”

5 November, 2016

Kate says:

“ Linda, “Springbank reservoir is the best idea. It makes sense.” - Can you please elaborate on that?”

5 November, 2016

Tom says:

“The 2013 flood was a 1 in 200/250 year event. Why has this not been made public and why are we fixated on moving so quickly?”

5 November, 2016

Linda says:

“Springbank reservoir is the best idea. It makes sense.”

5 November, 2016

Grant Gunderson says:

“we're getting a bit " touchy-feely " here . I feel that " equality of protection " could interfere with the timely completion of Springbank”

5 November, 2016

Emma says:

“So far, this SR1 concept has been less than quick, outrageously expensive, and and publicly divisive. Now tell me, why not Maclean Creek?”

5 November, 2016

Jim says:

“McLean Creek area needs restoration. Build McLean Creek Dam. ”

5 November, 2016

yycNorth says:

“No to SR1. Terrible cost/benefit balance. GoA needs to come clean on this! Go McLean. An area to protect all with potential for recreation.”

5 November, 2016

Diane says:

“Springbank dry dam is the best option, barriers do not slow the water.”

5 November, 2016

Calgary native-born says:

“No. McLean Creek is better option. Keep ranchers on own & heritage land. Use prov-owned land at McLean Creek & protect more communities”

5 November, 2016

Dave says:

“Damming springbank is a terrible idea! McLean Creek protects the most people without sacrificing springbank and private land. ”

5 November, 2016

4hollands@platinum.c says:

“How about putting a dam where Allen Bill Pond is so all communities like Bragg creek and Red Wood Meadows would benefit. Save buying land”

5 November, 2016

cm115 says:

“Damming Springbank is a horrible idea. It will ruin lives, and destroy ecology. Why is it even an option? I am a resident of Riverbend YYC.”

5 November, 2016

Donna says:

“Why sacrifice Springbank and the ground water which the residents drink and still not solve flooding in Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows”

5 November, 2016

Les says:

“A reservoir at Springbank will not stop the Bow flooding, it will only perhaps help a few residents of Elbow Drive who chose to live there. ”

5 November, 2016

Richard says:

“In addition to Concept 3, berming at current bike path elevation between 25th av and Talisman hill will prevent flooding to 1 in 20 yr event”

5 November, 2016

Richard says:

“Concept 3 provides the lowest cost highest benefit mitigation solution. It must be pursued.”

5 November, 2016

Mac says:

“Why waste billions wrecking Sprinbank? It won't help downtown Calgary. Use MacLean Creek.”

5 November, 2016

BG says:

“Why should residents of Springbank pay the price of poor planning decisions by the City of Calgary? We need more and better options.”

5 November, 2016

Heth says:

“Springbank reservoir would help very few, and be a criminal waste of tax-payers' money. It is the Bow that needs to have barriers.”

5 November, 2016

PaulineH says:

“The area earmarked for SR1 is NOT a natural floodplain. The most logical decision would be to allow "room for the river" on floodplains. ”

5 November, 2016

Duke says:

“Springbank option unfairly penalizes more people than the upstream management. Use crown land at McLean creek and mitigate flooding for all.”

5 November, 2016

Karlin says:

“McClean creek is clearly a better option. Protect the many, not the few.”

5 November, 2016

PaulineH says:

“SR1 will not protect upstream Elbow communities nor will it protect downtown Calgary. Don't buy into the GoA's rhetoric.”

5 November, 2016

Ruffian says:

“Springbank option protects inky a chosen few. Go with McLean creek, thus is an Alberta issue, not just downtown Calgary”

5 November, 2016

CW says:

“All Albertans will pay. Any project of this size and expense should be put to an ALBERTA-WIDE REFERENDUM.”

5 November, 2016

Jim says:

“Upstream management is the better option. Combine barriers with public access/paths.”

5 November, 2016

JB says:

“Build McLean option, protect BCreek and Redwood instead of just protecting rich properties in Calgary”

5 November, 2016

Chris says:

“Makes more sense to build a dam at McLean Creek on crown land instead of letting land owners from Springbank, Bragg and Redwood suffer.”

5 November, 2016

zenapw says:

“Yes 2 Mclean! I know many that live in the proposed SB area; 1family has a 100yr working ranch. This will destroy their lives, protect them!”

4 November, 2016

Ted says:

“It does not provide equal protection from future floods for all those impacted. The Springbank Reservoir only protects those downstream. ”

4 November, 2016

PC says:

“Alberta's struggling: Schools and healthcare need help. Unemployment rising. Nenshi says 1in 10 live in poverty in YYC . SAY NO WAY to SR1!”

4 November, 2016

DCM says:

“Makes more sense to build a dam at McLean Creek on crown land rather than taking productive land and homes from the community of Springbank.”

4 November, 2016

Kymf says:

“McLean Creek Dam would protect both City and rural communities. It is the best option. ”

4 November, 2016

Kymf says:

“McLean Creek option will be the least expensive option and will impact the way fewer people & communities”

4 November, 2016

Kymf says:

“Soringbank Dam will end up the costliest option once dewatering, sediment erosion & land acquisition costs are included”

4 November, 2016

NoSpringbank says:

“Too costly, unfair expropriation, not faster, McLean better site and protection alternative for all.”

4 November, 2016

EBA says:

“Offstream storage allows the land to be used productively in non-flood years. Springbank still has access to the land. Build Springbank.”

4 November, 2016

Tom says:

“Calgary River group calls Springbank the "opposition". Springbank group advocates for McLean to protect more Albertans. Build McLean Creek.”

4 November, 2016

Jeannette says:

“The total costs of EIA's, evological loss and private buy outs makes it a very expensive operation. Which won't work fix the causes upstream”

4 November, 2016

Tom says:

“McLean Creek protects Calgary Elbow communities and upstream neighbours. Flaws with McLean are overstated or fabricated. Manage dams on Bow.”

4 November, 2016

Leigh says:

“Springbank is not right. We don't want our taxes to sacrifice one community to save another. ”

4 November, 2016

Jeannette says:

“Terrible idea. There are a number of upstream resivoir already. They weren't emptied despite being recommended to. They destroy ecosystems. ”

4 November, 2016

MG says:

“Dam McLean. Cheaper, creates recreation, protects Calgary, Bragg Creek, Tsuu Tina and Redwood and doesn't destroy another community. ”

4 November, 2016

Tom H B Yeoman says:

“IF we can get Springbank dry dam built (cheapest, most `beneficial'), other barrier or diversion proposals may be OK. First: SPRINGBANK”

4 November, 2016

Sean m says:

“Barriers seem far too complicated and destructive. Upstream mitigation-Springbank makes most sense”

4 November, 2016

JennyJube says:

“We need to protect all communities, not just Calgary. Redwood, Tsuu T'ina and Bragg Creek need to be considered, too. Don't Dam Springbank.”

4 November, 2016

Heather says:

“It is not fair that people who have chosen to live right beside a river, pass the consequences of flooding onto farmers in Springbank. ”

4 November, 2016

Janev says:

“Upstream Springbank option is the best option and will benefit the majority of people. Please start building it NOW. No more delays. ”

4 November, 2016

Jon says:

“Total waste of capital. Those that live on the river should insure themselves.”

4 November, 2016

bragg creek user says:

“This is a provincially funded issue. Calgary property is but ONE part of it. Protect upstream too or build your pond within city limits.”

4 November, 2016

bragg creek user says:

“Too expensive with purchase of private land required and denial of land rights. Public land near mclean creek would be less expensive”

4 November, 2016

bragg creek user says:

“Does nothing to protect upstream properties in Bragg Creek or upper watershed infrastructure owned by the province. Too expensive.”

4 November, 2016

Mike says:

“Why build it springbank when you could build on public land mclean and create another spot for recreation?”

4 November, 2016

Garry Edwards says:

“The berms are fine for small floods. An upstream dry dam is critical in the long term and Springbank is obvious choice of options. Build it!”

4 November, 2016

George says:

“I'm not in favour of off stream storage. The cost is too high”

4 November, 2016

Bbbn says:

“Springbank Dam is a bad idea for all the reasons I put in my option 1 comments. Any plan with a Springbank Dam is a bad idea.”

4 November, 2016

ScienceRules says:

“No solution with Springbank reservoir is good. The inflow design to the reservoir is not sufficient to mitigate a flood surge. ”

4 November, 2016

LLH says:

“Trying to predict just what the rivers will do in another flood is a fools game. Build some berms, move some houses and give the river room.”

4 November, 2016

LLH says:

“Dykes and berms are good enough to protect High River and other towns, build some in Calgary! ”

4 November, 2016

LLH says:

“If you live in a flood plan, up flood insurance? Why should the rest of us pay for where you choose to live? ”

4 November, 2016

LLH says:

“People have mentioned a spot where the Highwood River, the Sheep and the Elbow could be controlled. Look at that option! Protect more people”

4 November, 2016

LLH says:

“Wait for the university studies on flood before proceeding with daming Springbank, they might have better ideas, that protect more people.”

4 November, 2016

Derick says:

“Why ruin heritage farms in Springbank when you can build it on Crown land in McClean creek and save many more Alberta tax payers homes”

4 November, 2016

Bill says:

“Maclean creek flood mitigation makes more sense $ wise and in efficiency Saves more communities than using spring bank flood plain Wake up ”

4 November, 2016

Derrick Jewlal says:

“We have so much useful dry land. Do we need to destroy the environment due to our poor decisions to build on the flood plain? Waste of $$”

4 November, 2016

CW says:

“NO to SR1! Killing one community to save another is wrong. Other options need to be investigated.”

4 November, 2016

Frankie says:

“MacLean Creek is destructive to the environment. Springbank affects few (yes, compensate them) but protects thousands. Build it! Now!”

4 November, 2016

Gary says:

“Ridiculous that McLean Creek isn't the #1 option, protecting the most people and property!”

4 November, 2016

Robin says:

“Upstream dam in McLean Creek protects Calgary ! AND ! protect Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows, Tsuu T’ina & Springbank”

4 November, 2016

Dee says:

“McLean Creek is the only option, protects the most people.”

4 November, 2016

Robert Lehodey says:

“An OK middle ground between Concepts 1 & 2 - let's fix the whole problem not part of it with effective reservoirs.”

4 November, 2016

Forbes Newman says:

“ It is vitally important to get moving on the Spring bank Reservoir ASAP! Every year wasted puts the entire city at risk. ”

4 November, 2016

CB says:

“The government needs to focus on getting the Springbank Dam built asap. These other measures are not significant enough to stop a flood.”

4 November, 2016

MKP says:

“No dam at Springbank. McLean creek is on crown land, protects more people and won't ruin one community to save another. ”

4 November, 2016

Carl says:

“I understand the desire to consult the public, but please just get on with protecting the City! The engineers have already spoken. ”

4 November, 2016

Doug says:

“Upstream reservoir first please”

4 November, 2016

LDQ says:

“Must be done, this is the first step to protect the city”

4 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Permanent fortification of Prince's Island Causeway after 2013 damage creates need for higher berms and groundH2O barriers along MemDr ASAP.”

4 November, 2016

Ed says:

“Best option. SR can be farmed when not a reservoir. Out of commission 1 year out of 100? Reservoir needed for greater good of Alberta.”

4 November, 2016

George says:

“This concept substitutes barriers for Bow River upstream mitigation. Cheaper and be in the City of Calgary's control? Build Springbank NOW!”

4 November, 2016

TS says:

“building both may mean compromises on both, as the impression from both sides will be that the other project will keep us safe. ”

4 November, 2016

Cindy says:

“I support these concepts 100% and would like to see them proceed asap - they've been studied to death and they make sense, now is the time!”

4 November, 2016

JBRideau says:

“Upstream reservoirs are best practice for major cities built on river systems. Alberta fortunate to still have that option, so why not act?”

3 November, 2016

Janet says:

“The barrier is a terrible idea. Build the two reservoirs.”

3 November, 2016

Tom Yeoman says:

“Better than Elbow barriers, but not as good as Springbank. And likely more expensive too. I'm not in favour.”

3 November, 2016

Suzanne says:

“Two reservoirs are preferable but build barriers along the Bow if the Bow reservoir will be delayed. Build Springbank reservoir now.”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Memorial Drive is lifeline for emergency vehicles, fire, EMS, etc. Protect Memorial Drive with higher berm. Build SpringbankRes ASAP.”

3 November, 2016

Lv says:

“Spring bank reservoir ASAP. Far superior. ”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Build infrastructure to 1:350 now; don't wait for 1:200 to be obsolete.”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Sunnyside berm withstood 2013 flood; just needs to be higher with groundwater barrier. SpringbankRes & barriers ASAP. BowReservoir later.”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Make TransAlta agreement permanent to manage GhostReservoir for flood & drought. Community safety & protection 1st priority over recreation.”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Natural river-rock covered walls & berms with groundwater barriers to protect river communites; use gravel from bars deposited in 2013 flood”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“CommunitiesNeedAffordable flood insurance, only available once communities are protected to appropriate level; Berms, barriers&SpringbankRes”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Tax-paying communities should be protected to as high a level as Zoo & Downtown core. Berms, groundwater barriers, SpringbankReservoir ASAP.”

3 November, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“ElbowRiver communities need SpringbankReservoir ASAP. Higher berms & groundwater barrier needed along MemorialDr ASAP. BowR Reservoir later.”

3 November, 2016

Matt says:

“Flood protection has been practiced for thousands of years and helped deliver the high standard of living we have today. Emminant domain!”

3 November, 2016

Carol says:

“The "posh" not the only ones affected by the flood. Many business closed,many Calgarians affected. Option 3 good. Select barrier locations”

3 November, 2016

NJ says:

“The Springbank dry reservoir is still 1st choice. Strategic berms/barriers within the city on both rivers might help directing high waters”

3 November, 2016

JH says:

“Berms or walls without ground water barriers are less useful. What happens to water that comes up behind them and the rivers? ”

3 November, 2016

flood victim says:

“We lost almost everything in the last flood, prevention is the only solution. FYI our garden is amazing since the flood. Stop fear mongering”

3 November, 2016

flood victim says:

“This project will protect thousands of people and MAY cause a small disruption to a very few people in the Springbank area. ”

3 November, 2016

dan.cal says:

“Doesn't make sense to flood thousands of acres of family owned ranch lands and render it unusable.”

3 November, 2016

Jim says:

“The ranchland will be sterile and unusable after flooding by SR1. Dead, covered in inorganic silt. A very poor choice for long term planning”

3 November, 2016

Jim says:

“We all want protection for our homes and businesses. Not debate about sacrificing one community for the sake of another. MaClean Creek, yes”

3 November, 2016

Concerned Taxpayer says:

“Obvious choice for the greater good is Concept 3. ”

2 November, 2016

MW says:

“Springbank terrrible idea--would ruin Albertan's homes and businesses. Dam Mclean!! Save Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows while you're at it”

1 November, 2016

Theatre Mom says:

“Ugly and not cost-effective. McLean Creek?”

1 November, 2016

Dave Reesor says:

“SDD ignores aftermath. Vast mudflat followed by vast dust bowl. West wind will carry powder to Calgary. Visit Exshaw to experience rock dust”

1 November, 2016

NO SR1 says:

“Springbank Dam only serves a few posh areas along the Elbow - Readeau/Roxboro and Elbow Park. NO ONE ELSE! It's POLITICS before PEOPLE again”

1 November, 2016

ranchman1 says:

“There is a tri-river option the GOA has NOT released results on. Is it the best one and that is why?”

1 November, 2016

ranchman1 says:

“Springbank is named after all the springs over the lands. What will a dam do to all those drinking water sources? Safe? Or not?”

1 November, 2016

ranchman1 says:

“New GOA promised full-science first. Got political decision just like previous GOA. Not good enough. Do science.”

1 November, 2016

Sara says:

“Springbank has a huge natural runoff through it. Springbank dam has no control on this flow. SR1 could become overwhelmed. ”

1 November, 2016

Sara says:

“Earthen dams have a high risk factor. Google Teton Dam Disaster. Failure would result in a Calgary Tsunami. ”

1 November, 2016

Jim says:

“Gov floods SR1 for 90 days. Light and O2 cut off from native grassland. Grassland dies. Environmental disaster is left behind. ”

1 November, 2016

Jim says:

“Original cost for Bragg Creek $8M. Budget as today $32.8M + $5.5M Fed. SR1 will cost 4 to 5X what we were told $1B+. Use McLean Creek. ”

31 October, 2016

Tom says:

“Dam at McLean Creek. Manage the Glenmore Reservoir and Bow River dams better and some strategically placed barriers and we are good.”

31 October, 2016

Don. E. says:

“Unsightly and very expensive when you settle the expropriation court fights.”

31 October, 2016

Mary says:

“Let's try barriers and existing damcontrol first -please no dry dam to benefit elbow community only”

31 October, 2016

Noelle Read says:

“When there is a vital, urgent need for protection, 3 levels of govt. should focus on problem, find solution and implement ASAP. Prioritize.”

31 October, 2016

Noelle Read says:

“Springbank dam and barriers along the Bow River will not protect Calgary or the other 32 river communities devastated in the 2013 flood.”

31 October, 2016

CC says:

“Springbank is not fast, cheap or easy as it was promoted. Alternative options available, such as McLean Creek & TriRiver need consideration”

31 October, 2016

AJ says:

“Barriers - yes. Springbank - no. Springbank Diversion is way too expensive, it destroys one community to protect another. Support MC1.”

31 October, 2016

Robin says:

“Destroying land against the wishes of a "entire community" is detrimental to all communities involved. ”

30 October, 2016

Bownessian says:

“Barriers on some sites will have negative impacts on property values & natural beauty of the Bow. $s cannot compensate for the loss.”

30 October, 2016

Bownessian says:

“Many people who live along the Bow know the risks and live here regardless because of the positives. ”

29 October, 2016

KHayes says:

“Both are required!”

28 October, 2016

Cheryl says:

“Individuals cannot protect against flood, but bear the devastating effects. The City must provide berms/barriers to protect neighbourhoods”

25 October, 2016

livesonahill says:

“barriers do restrict natural river movement but this is inevitable within a densely populated area like calgary”

25 October, 2016

livesonahill says:

“in general i would be supportive of barriers for 'high value' areas only, flood resistant zoning should still apply to 'protected areas'”

25 October, 2016

Jackie says:

“I think the risk of flooding has been understated by the City and we should be taking immediate action to reduce flood risk downtown.”

25 October, 2016

Jackie says:

“Reservoirs may take a long time to build and approve. In the meantime we need something protecting our economic core.”

25 October, 2016

Jackie says:

“I think strategic barriers protecting only the most important assets could mitigate risk starting in the short term. ”

24 October, 2016

Eric says:

“barriers are only a short term solution at best - upstream solutions provide the required protection and low moisture water mgmt benefits”

23 October, 2016

Jean says:

“How will work crews & large equipment access the river along Bow crescent? There is little space between houses for large equipment to pass.”

23 October, 2016

Jean says:

“Barriers along the river banks in Bowness may alter the natural beauty of the river and disrupt habit for river dwelling species. ”

23 October, 2016

Peggi McDougall says:

“Sheet pile barriers along Sunnyside bank of Bow, similar to zoo protection; could be embedded in rock-covered earth to mimic current look. ”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“Add groundwater barriers in locations with positive TBL economics”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“One measure of the adequacy of community flood mitigation is that flood insurance is available and affordable.”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“Flood mitigation infrastructure must protect against reasonably foreseeable future floods so that affordable flood insurance would be avail.”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“Implement management improvements at TransAlta’s reservoirs while enabling rapid lowering of Ghost reservoir to balance flood, drought etc”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“Protection for mixed-income Sunnyside must match the protection provided to the downtown condos of the wealthy.”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“Economically sensible in-city barriers can be built now to provide protection while waiting for a dam.”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“At least one new dam upstream of Calgary should be built, but with the recognition that completion is likely decades in the future.”

23 October, 2016

Charlie Lund says:

“The flood protection standard for Calgary should be 1:350. Some climate change has happened and it is important for our infrastructure to b”

22 October, 2016

Brian Castle says:

“Two dams and smaller barriers!!!!!!”

22 October, 2016

Debbie Young says:

“No barriers without dams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”