Over the next three years, Water Services will be testing various algae control technologies in five ponds city-wide. This study will help us to determine more cost effective means to maintain Calgary’s storm water ponds. Two of these sites are located in Ward 6, in the community of Aspen Woods, north of 17 Avenue SW on either side of 85 Street SW. The pond west of 84 Street will be used as the control pond, where no treatment will be applied. The pond east of 85 Street SW, bordering Aspen Landing Shopping Centre, will be subject to actual treatment. Please see below a map of these two locations.
Both ponds, Control and Test, will adhere to the same monitoring and analysis protocols. For the treatment, Water Services will be using a product based on naturally occurring biological agents. This product does not pose any risks of health or safety to the community or the environment. However, it is still important to avoid contact with the water and the plants found in this storm pond as is the recommendation for all storm water ponds in the city.
You many notice some changes at these locations; this study will require some adjustments in the way the water features in these storm water ponds operate. For example, the artificial water feature by the Aspen Woods Landing Shopping Centre will be shut down temporarily, at least for the month of June, to achieve the pond conditions required in the study.
Water Services has been engaging with some members of the community and will continue to do so to ensure residents and businesses of the area are aware of what is happening with the storm water ponds. Please contact 311 if you would like more information.
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