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Bowmont West Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

Project update - December 24, 2018

  • Construction is on hold for the winter and will resume in early spring 2019.
  • Most of the channels have been excavated, but the project is not yet complete.
  • There may be thin ice or open water along the river and newly excavated areas which could present a safety hazard.
  • Signs have been placed on the construction fencing advising park users of this potential safety hazard.
  • Park users should stay on paved pathways and only use the new bridge to cross the channel.

About the Project

Following the 2013 flood, The City undertook a number of projects to repair and reinforce riverbanks along the Bow River. These projects helped protect critical City infrastructure, but in some cases had negative impacts on sensitive fish habitat along the river.

The historical river side channels adjacent to the Bowmont West Park identified as an excellent location to provide compensation for the loss of fish habitat. Construction of the Bowmont West Fish Habitat Enhancement project started in July 2018.

The site is located at the west side of Bowmont Park and the fish compensation work will take place on the north bank of the Bow River. Work entails:

  • Reopening historic side channels.
  • Re-establishing flow to the side channels, through excavation and re-contouring, to provide year-round connectivity from and to the main channel of the Bow River.
  • Constructing additional fish habitat structures using large trees and boulders.
  • Re-planting of all areas that were disturbed by the flood.
  • Adding new channel banks that will have native plants and grasses.
  • The existing (North) pedestrian bridge was replaced with a longer single span bridge in December 2018.

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Lifting and placing bridge into place
  • New Bowmont West Pedestrian Bridge over widened river side channel
  • Bowmont Park - East End
  • Bowmont Park - After excavation
  • Bowmont Park - Pedestrian Bridge Removal
  • Example of the completed Fish Compensation project in Quarry Park
  • Example of a Fish Compensation project in Quarry Park: before construction.
  • Bowmont Park - Pedestrian Bridge Removal
  • Bowmont Fish Compensation project: upper isolated area.

Construction impacts

  • Construction has stopped for the winter and will resume in spring
  • All paved pathways are open including the new pedestrian bridge to cross the wider channel.
  • River access will be restricted at this location for safety reasons, until the project is completed in late spring 2019,
  • The staging area located in the West Bowmont off-leash area is closed until the site is rehabilitated in 2019.

Bowmont West Fish Habitat Enhancement Project
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If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact 311.