Timelines and Take Action

Flood mitigation efforts are the responsibility of two different jurisdictions; the City of Calgary for local mitigation like community berms and Government of Alberta Environment and Parks for study, design and construction of an upstream reservoir on the Bow River. As a result, BRFM Society and its members must be ready to respond to changes in the City’s and Province’s timelines. The BRFM Board will do its best to keep its members informed of changes to project timelines and how you can take action.

City of Calgary – Bowness Berm Project Timeline

Write to Councillor Sutherland

Below is a sample letter to send to Councillor Ward Sutherland after you have reviewed The City’s community booklet. Personalize the letter with your specific concerns and email it to:


or mail to: P.O. Box 2100, Station M Calgary, AB, T2P 2M5

Dear Councillor Sutherland,

I have reviewed the recent City community booklet and landowner package specific to my property. I have also seen a map of The City’s 2020 Groundwater Study which shows I will be flooded by groundwater with the barrier in place. My main floor was not flooded in 2013 and The City has indicated this barrier height is lower than the 2013 flood. According to The City’s website, basements are not impermeable and will flood once the groundwater rises.

It seems my neighbours are also in the same basement flooding only situation. The only reasonable conclusion I can make is I will be flooded with the barrier and without the barrier, with the same result, my basement will be flooded.

The only difference I see is that TransAlta can now run the river higher, with the result being the potential of us being flooded more often. This is also demonstrated by The City’s own application to the province which states: “If the proposed barrier were in place it would enable TransAlta to release up to 1200 m3/sec without overland residential flood damage”.

I find it unethical that The City would not have informed the Province nor the community of extensive groundwater flooding as was detailed in the previous City report and now this latest report.

This is a make-work project; a waste of taxpayer money and The City is being a contributing partner in having our community flooded.


Sign up to participate in The City’s virtual Open House and Q&A Sessions Multiple topics presented between January 13 – 20

Review the community information booklet distributed by The City and participate in The City’s online engagement. We need to have everyone’s voices heard that Bowness expects effective and equitable protection and this barrier project is NOT providing this.

Sign up for The City’s virtual presentations followed by a question and answer session. There are 6 presentations on multiple topics ranging from Project Overview to the Groundwater Study to the Overland Flood Barrier Design Process.

Sessions are scheduled between January 13 – 20.

Visit engage.calgary.ca/bowness-flood-barrier-project to register. If you don’t have online access, call The City at 403-509-0253 to discuss other ways to share your feedback and ask questions.

Province of Alberta Timelines – Bow River Reservoir Options

The Province is assessing options to mitigate the impacts of both flood and drought on the Bow River.

In Spring 2020, the Alberta government completed a conceptual assessment of options and in Fall 2020 the feasibility study phase was initiated.

Visit their website to learn more:


Write your MLA and the Minister of Alberta Environment & Parks to reinforce the importance of the Bow River Reservoir Options initiative.


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Write your MLA

Now’s the time to write a letter to let your MLA and the Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks know how important it is to continue funding so that the Bow Basin Water Management Project continues to the feasibility phase without interruption.

Honourable Demetrios Nicolaides, MLA for Calgary-Bow and Minister of Advanced Education

Constituency Office
6307 Bowness Rd NW
Calgary, AB
Canada T3B 0E4
Phone: 403-216-5400
Fax: 403-216-5402
Email: Calgary.Bow@assembly.ab.ca
Legislature Office
403 Legislature Building
10800 – 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone: 780-427-5777
Fax: 780-422-8733

Honourable Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks
Office of the Minister
Environment and Parks
323 Legislature Building
10800 – 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5K 2B6
Phone: 780-427-2391
Fax: 780-422-6259
Email: aep.minister@gov.ab.ca