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Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project: Bioengineering Efficacy Monitoring Plan

The City of Calgary is currently undertaking a long-term Riparian Monitoring Program (RMP) to better understand long-term riparian health trends. This program includes many flood affected and subsequently restored sites along river banks in the city. A 10 year monitoring plan at the Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project (BDEP) is part of this program, the Bioengineering Efficacy Monitoring Plan (BEMP).

The Bioengineering Efficacy Monitoring Plan (BEMP) is an important component of the Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project and will provide valuable data to support the use of bioengineering techniques as effective and ecologically valuable alternatives to hard engineering practices for bank erosion protection.

The aim of this plan is to monitor, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the different bioengineering techniques used in the construction of the project.

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How the monitoring plan works

The scope of the BEMP involves monitoring at the site in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, and 2028. Monitoring will be conducted during select seasons in each monitoring year to capture a range of environmental conditions. The components being assessed are the following:

  1. Fish abundance and fish habitat
  2. Wildlife
  3. Riparian health
  4. Bioengineering structural integrity

1. Fish were sampled to determine fish presence and relative abundance within the project sites. 

2. White-tailed deer using the wildlife corridor installed as part of the BDEP.

3. Cover page of BEMP report.

4. Bioengineering structural integrity.

The implementation of BEMP will provide ongoing Biophysical monitoring to compare and demonstrate the effectiveness of the various bioengineering techniques used to meet the projects slope stabilization, flood protection, and fish habitat and riparian are improvement.

The knowledge acquired from monitoring the BEDP over the next 10 years will help future decision-makers evaluate and select appropriate bioengineering techniques for use in their designs.

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