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Flood and River Monitoring Program

The City of Calgary's team of river engineers keeps a watchful eye on Calgary's watersheds.

As noted in the image below, we monitor, communicate, evaluate and respond to water and weather conditions through the River Monitoring Program.

Our river team monitors the following elements of our watershed:

  • Precipitation levels
  • Reservoir and lake levels
  • Stream flow rates
  • Depth of snowpack
  • Soil moisture
  • Weather models
  • We also monitor ice jams in the winter.

Calgary River Monitoring Program
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Working with partners to monitor our watershed

Check Alberta's River Monitoring Centre for river flow information

We work with partner organizations, irrigation districts, internal groups and other municipalities to understand watershed conditions that may impact Calgary.

Depending on the watershed conditions, we may make changes to Glenmore Reservoir operations and/or work with partners such as TransAlta Utilities to respond to the situation. If necessary, we will enact emergency response measures.

To learn more about what river flow rates mean, river triggers and related effects, visit our River Flow Rates page.

To learn more about how flooding occurs in Calgary, visit our Understanding Flooding page.