Calgary leadership Forum Calls for Public Hearings on Provincial Flood Mitigation Proposals, the Creation of a Provincial Water/Flood Mitigation Authority, and 6 additional Recommendations

Calgary leadership Forum Calls for
Public Hearings on Provincial Flood Mitigation Proposals, the Creation of  a Provincial Water/Flood
Mitigation Authority, and 6 additional Recommendations

News, For Immediate Release

 

October 14th, 2013

 

Calgary – The Calgary leadership Forum today has called upon Mayor Nenshi and Calgary City Council to hold Public Hearings on Provincial Flood Mitigation Proposals to give city citizens a voice and say in critically important future policies. “Calgarians have a right to have a say and be heard in future flood prevention policies, said Brian Lee”, Calgary Leadership Forum President. “I doubt there’s ever been an issue that demands more public discussion and review in our history than this one. There are a hundred highly motivated interest groups, associations and companies that have phenomenal ideas to bring to the table and must be heard.” he said.

The package of 9 reccomendations are forthcommng from the CLF’s public “Forum for a Flood free Calgary” held Sept 22, 2013.

Recommendations forwarded today to the Premier, Calgary MLAs, The Mayor and all Calgary civic canadidates and Federal MPS, include;

  • Calgary City Council to      hold Public Hearings on Provincial Flood Mitigation Proposals no later      than Jan 30th, 2014

 

  • Create a      Provincial Water/Flood Mitigation Authority.

 

  • Request for a Joint Provincial-City Quarterly Flood Mitigation Accountability Progress Report.

 

  • Better management of the Glenmore Reservoir storage capacity.

 

  • Consideration of the building of upstream micro storage dams.

 

  • Evaluate and report on the need for a Calgary Elbow Aqueduct Diversion to the Bow.

 

  • Define or redefine the Benchmark Storm Level Risk Time Frame (ie 1.100, 1.150, 1.250. 1.500 etc. years), and obtain citizen input

 

  • Update Flood Plain Maps  to demonstrate the Benchmark Storm Level and obtain  Citizen Input

 

  • Support for the recommendations of the Alberta WaterSMART Management Solutions white paper “The 2013 Great Alberta Flood”

 

The Proceedings of the CLF Forum for a Flood Free Future, Sept 22 Forum for a Flood Free Calgary, organized by a Special committee of 20 citizens, can be found at:

 

Facebook Calgary Leadership Forum

https://www.facebook.com/editdoc.php?id=81404767871#!/groups/Calgar...

 

CalgaryLeadershipForum.com  - Position Papers

http://www.calgaryleadershipforum.com/forum/categories/position-pap...

 

 

The Calgary Leadership Forum is a 1600 member non-partisan think tank, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Calgary, for this and future generations.  The Flood Forum Committee is being chaired by Dennis Little. 

For further information, please contact;

 

Brian Lee, CSP, 

President

Calgary Leadership Forum

empowerpeople@hotmail.com,

ph. 403-607-7444

 

Dennis Little

Forum Program Chair

Calgary Leadership Forum

littledc@telus.net

403.464.5144

 

 

Online Resources

 

Calgary Leadership forum 2 – You Tube     

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0H4s5aWba8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0H4s5aWba8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fofhr0ViXF8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtTctFOwFRY

 

Jerry Osborn – University of Calgary

David Hill – University of Lethbridge

David Atkinson – City of Calgary

Emma Grace May – Calgary Rivers Community

 

“The Glenmore Reservoir was primarily designed for Calgary’s water supply and has limited flood allayment capability”    David Atkinson – City of Calgary

“It is important to manage the drainage basins as an entire system and make decisions at the systems level.”   David Hill – University of Alberta

“The 100 Year Flood is not a frequency measure but a volume of water” Jerry Osborn – University of Calgary

In the Netherlands, they don’t plan for the 1.100 Flood event but the 1.4000 Flood Event. – Mega storms-The Aftermath -PBS - Nova 

 

 

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 Addemdum I Recommendations -Calgary Leadership Forum

“Forum for A Flood Free Future - September 22, 2014

 

For Release Monday Oct 14th, 2013

 

 

Recommendations respectfully submitted to:Premier Allison Redford and Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary City Council

 

 

These 9 recommendations are forthcoming from the Forum for a Flood Free Calgary hosted by the Calgary leadership Forum Sept 22nd, 2013

 

The Calgary Leadership Forum recommends the Province of Alberta and City of Calgary, and their respective agencies, panels and departments take the following actions;

 

 

1. Schedule City of Calgary Public Hearings on the Proposed Flood
    Mitigation Plan

Calgary City Council schedule a Public Hearing no later than Jan 30th 2014, to receive the Oct 4th Of the Provincial Advisory Panel on Community Flood Mitigation, to provide citizens of Calgary the opportunity have input and be heard on the major proposed flood mitigation solutions.

The hearing would also

  • be briefed on the work and advice of the City of Calgary Flood Mitigation Panel,
  • and be briefed by the two Engineering firms contracted by the province to examine flood risk reduction measures

 

     2. Create a Provincial Water/Flood Mitigation Authority

As there is no designated Provincial Agency with the necessary Authority to recommend and implement policies to prevent flooding, or coordinate the work of various hydrological agencies, The Province of Alberta create a Provincial Water/Flood Mitigation Authority responsible for oversight and management of all Alberta Hydrological Systems. (with a similar charter to the Manitoba Floodway Authority).

 

This body to consist of:

  1. a.    A Policy Board made up of elected Provincial and Municipal government representatives. 
  2. b.    A Secretariat comprised of all players involved in water management in Alberta including but not limited to: Bow River Basin Council, Canadian Prairie Chapter Irrigation Association, Watershed Planning & Advisory Councils, Canadian Water Resource Association, Hydro Power Companies, non-governmental agencies.  The Secretariat shall collaborate with and draw upon the expertise in our Universities and corporations.  
  3. c.    The Water Authority should be created prior to December 31st, 2013 to establish a working relationship with Provincial and Municipal Flood Mitigation Panels and act with a sense of urgency.

 

The Water Authority should initially issue quarterly progress updates to the public with recommendations and solutions to manage hydrological issues throughout the Province.

 

The coordination of hydrological organizations would be the initiating first step to establish a Alberta Hydrological Center of Excellence.

 

     3. Joint Provincial-City Quarterly Flood Mitigation Accountability
         Progress Report

To ensure effective coordinated leadership and program execution between the City of Calgary and Province of Alberta, the Offices of Premier of Alberta and Mayor of the City of Calgary provide joint quarterly Citizen Progress Reports outlining the activities of their respective Flood Mitigation Panels, initiatives and programs, beginning Nov 1, 2013 (6 months prior to the potential threat of repeat flooding)

 

Co-ordination and cooperation between Provincial and Municipal authorities is critical to an effective action plan. The reports should focus on outlining joint actions and decisions that are under consideration or to be implemented, and advise the citizens of Calgary what immediate steps have or will be taken to prevent and mitigate flooding in the spring of 2014.

 

     4. Glenmore Reservoir

Within the City of Calgary, the downstream areas of the Glenmore Reservoir and especially residential areas and the downtown business core suffered significant damage. It is important to have high priority action plans to enable the Glenmore Reservoir to better manage its storage capacity and flow rates over the dam. 

The following actions should be considered.

 

a. Complete the necessary review to determine if dredging the Glenmore Reservoir to increase storage capacity would significantly increase the management capability of extreme water flows through the reservoir. If so, implement the appropriate action plan as soon as practicable.

 

 

b. Ensure current operational policy and procedures of monitoring and managing the reservoir’s storage capacity are the most effective and up to date.

 

      5. Upstream Micro Storage Dams

Review upstream micro storage dams as a viable and practical hydrologic solution to manage extreme water flows in the Elbow River Drainage basin and from reaching the Glenmore Reservoir.

 

  1.       6.  Calgary Elbow Aqueduct Diversion to the Bow

Examine means to provide an alternative large capacity drainage system from the Glenmore reservoir that would provide for an escape of excess water to the Bow River other than over the dam spillway.

 

      7. Define/Refine the Benchmark Storm Level Risk Time Frame

Define the “Benchmark Storm Level” (ie 1.100, 1.150, 1.250. 1.500 etc. years) that will be the basis for the Hydrological Protection Strategy which will establish flood mitigation actions and the residual risk levels to be assumed by government and citizens.

 

     8. Update Flood Plain Maps with Citizen Input

As the first step to develop policy, strategy and actions steps it is critical to have the up to date The Flood Plain maps. The Aerial photography taken during the most recent 2013 flood provide the new base documents to prepare a current and accurate photogrammetric flood plain survey map for the City of Calgary. 

 

     9. Support for the Recommendations in the Alberta WaterSMART  
          Management Solutions white paper “The 2013 Great Alberta
          Flood

Alberta WaterSMART Management Solutions has provided a well researched white paper “The 2013 Great Alberta Flood:  Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Future Floods” and we are pleased to support their report and the six major recommendations:

Summary of Recommendations

There are actions that can be taken to mitigate, manage, and control the impacts of extreme weather events resulting in floods and the inevitable opposite condition of severe drought. These are summarized into six recommendations:

1. Anticipate and plan for more extreme weather events, including both flood and drought.

2. Improve our operational capacity to deal with potential extreme weather scenarios through better modelling and data management.

3. Investigate the cost/benefit balance of investing in physical infrastructure such as on and off-stream storage, diversions, and natural infrastructure such as wetlands.

4. Consider flood risks in municipal planning and strengthen building codes for new developments in flood plains.

5. Evaluate options for overland flood insurance.

6. Manage our water resources collaboratively, following the examples of the Bow River Consortium and the Cooperative Storm water Management Initiative, and ensure Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) across the province have proper authority and funding.

 

The Calgary Leadership Forum is a 1600 member non-partisan think tank, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Calgary, for this and future generations. 

For further information, please contact;

 

 

Brian Lee, CSP, 

President

Calgary Leadership Forum

empowerpeople@hotmail.com,

403-607-7444

 

Dennis Little

Forum Program Chair

Calgary Leadership Forum

littledc@telus.net

403.464.5144

 

Online Resources

 

Calgary Leadership forum 2 – You Tube      please note – this is posted in 3 sections

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0H4s5aWba8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0H4s5aWba8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fofhr0ViXF8

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtTctFOwFRY

 

 

 

Jerry Osborn – University of Calgary

David Hill – University of Lethbridge

David Atkinson – City of Calgary

Emma Grace May – Calgary Rivers Community

 

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