Dear Bowness Residents,
I understand your frustration with the recent news that the Province has elected that the proposed dry dams on the Bow River should not proceed due to a cost benefit analysis and environmental factors. Last week, I asked The City to request from the Province specific reasons why the proposal for the Bow was not approved.
The City is investigating further details to confirm if the Bow watershed dams were deemed unfeasible, not constructible or ineffective in mitigating floods. When I receive more information on why the Bow facilities have been dropped from further consideration, I will post the information on my website
I was informed, on May 9, 2014, that the Province is still committed to a solution for the Bow, though, it will look different than the Elbow projects, and because negotiation is involved, it may take longer to get approval. However, the end result may be achieved more quickly than the Elbow concepts because the Bow infrastructure is still in place.
I am on the board committee for Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA). In the case that I learn of any information that can help the community of Bowness, I will notify residents through the Bowness Community Association, my City of Calgary website, Facebook and Twitter.
In the meantime, keep up to date by frequently visiting The City’s flood preparation website. To receive the latest news, sign up for email updates and download the City news app on your smart phone. As well, The City is hosting a flood open house on Thursday, May 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Foothills Academy, 745 37 St NW. Staff from a number of business units will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. Representatives from The City’s Expert Management Panel on Flood Mitigation and the Government of Alberta will also be available.
Please know that your safety is my number one priority, and I will advocate on your behalf to the Province within the powers of my role as your councillor. If you have any other questions, please email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (403) 268-2430.
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