November 4, 2013
Public input sought on future flood mitigation
The City of Calgary is seeking input from the public on their ideas about reducing the impacts from future flooding of the Bow and Elbow rivers.
“Seeking input from our citizens is an important step in this process,” said Wolf Keller, chair of the Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation.
“There are lots of good ideas and important questions out there and we want to examine all options.”
The panel has identified the following six theme areas to work on: changing climate; event forecasting; watershed management; storage, diversion, protection; infrastructure and property resiliency; and additional risk management.
The panel will be seeking input from local and international technical experts to ensure there is a comprehensive examination of these areas.
Keller said the panel will have recommendations on the first two priority initiatives by year end, and work should be underway on the others before spring, as time and budgets allow.
The City of Calgary established an expert management panel in August to review flood response and mitigation measures, as well as identify ways to reduce the impact of future floods.
The expert panel is chaired by Keller, who is the city’s former director of water resources.
Member of the public who are interested in sharing their ideas with the panel can do so through calgary.ca/floodpanel or by calling 311.
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