September 18, 2013
Alberta seeks flood consultants
The Alberta government is calling for requests for proposals (RFP) from professional engineering firms to provide consultant services and conduct a feasibility study of flood mitigation sites in Southern Alberta.
“From day one, our plan in responding to the floods has been to look long-term at what is needed to make communities safer,” said Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs Doug Griffiths. “The advisory panel has done excellent work, and we’re ready to move forward in developing detailed ideas – in partnership with municipalities and the private sector – on larger-scale community mitigation projects that will help protect Albertans from flood damage in the years ahead.”
In response to June’s flood, the Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force (SAFRTF) is seeking professional engineering consultants to conduct a feasibility study.
The scope of work is to consider projects that use water detention measures to help cap the maximum amount of water flow at any one time by temporarily storing excess water flow, as well as river engineering and water diversions.
Assessment of the flood mitigation sites will include locations and structure types, accessibility, property values, relocation of utilities, environmental impacts, and public consultation.
The study will assess various flood mitigation alternatives, the overall impacts of each alternative, and determine the most feasible alternative.
Both stakeholder and public involvement and consultation throughout the duration of the study will be required.
An advisory panel on community flood mitigation is providing input on flood prevention technology from around the world and is identifying mitigation concepts and potential sites.
Ideas are also being gathered from municipalities and other government departments.
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