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Utilities and Corporate Services Mar. 22, 2017

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The Mar. 22, 2017, Utilities and Corporate Services Committee meeting included:

2016 Watershed Planning Update

The City takes a customer-focused approach to integrated watershed management to ensure a healthy, resilient watershed that provides clean, reliable water for current and future generations. The City’s commitment to watershed protection considers the needs of a growing customer base and balances the environmental, social and economic impacts of service delivery on Calgarians and neighbouring communities. The City is achieving its targets relating to river water withdrawal, water consumption, and total suspended solids loading to the river. The City continues to make progress on building flood resiliency, implementing green stormwater infrastructure, and protecting riparian areas. This report summarizes the actions taken in 2016 to protect Calgary’s water supply, use water wisely, keep our rivers healthy, and build resiliency to flooding. Committee received the report for information.

Flood Mitigation Measures Assessment Report and 2016 Flood Resiliency Update

This report provides the 2016 update for the Flood Mitigation and Resiliency program, based on the Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation’s 27 recommendations. As of December 12, 2016, of the Expert Management Panel recommendations are completed and the remaining recommendations are in progress. This report also summarizes Administration’s Flood Mitigation Measures Assessment project (the Assessment). The Assessment evaluated potential watershed, community, and property level flood mitigation measures for Calgary. It included a sustainability analysis of mitigation measures using triple bottom line criteria and comprehensive public engagement. With commitments in place for Elbow River mitigation, a combination of watershed and community level structural mitigation should be pursued to provide equitable protection on the Bow River. Additional actions on property level mitigation should be pursued, and new policy based measures should be explored further to complement a flexible and adaptable approach to manage Calgary’s flood risk.

The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to:

  1. Work with Council to advocate for an upstream reservoir and continuation of the Provincial-TransAlta operational agreement for the Bow River.
  2. Continue supporting the development of the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir on the Elbow River by the Province.
  3. Develop an implementation and funding plan for community level mitigation and report back to Council through the SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services or the Priorities and Finance Committee, Q2 2017.
  4. Explore the development of a property level mitigation program.
  5. In alignment with Provincial mapping and policy updates, conduct further investigation on land use policy and building regulations for areas prone to flooding.
  6. Work with City Council to confirm and communicate to other orders of government, that flood mitigation is a top strategic priority for The City of Calgary.

Status of Outstanding Motions

The SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services received this report for information.


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