Bow River Water Management Report

The province has begun implementing the advice from a report that identifies ways to improve flood resilience in Calgary and better manage water throughout the Bow River basin.

Based on the report’s findings, the province is working with TransAlta and other stakeholders to begin implementing some of the short-term solutions identified. These include:

  • Discussions with TransAlta to extend and expand the current agreement on modified operations, including the addition of Spray Lake and Lake Minnewanka to the agreement and using Barrier Lake for flood mitigation purposes rather than drought mitigation.
  • Discussions with Irrigation Districts to improve water retention for agricultural use downstream of Calgary.
  • A feasibility study on increasing the drawdown rate at Ghost Reservoir.
  • Initiating feasibility studies for potential long-term projects identified in the report.

The following link details the plans:

Bow River Flood Mitigation Report

All good news for the Bow River and those who enjoy a very valuable recreation resource.

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