The mayor of Redwood Meadows has added her voice to those opposed to one of the key proposals to protect the City of Calgary from future flooding.
Dr. Liz Erasmus joined the Tsuut’ina First Nation Wednesday in urging the province to rethink the Springbank dry dam proposal and look again at the rejected McLean Creek reservoir.
In a statement, Erasmus noted the NDP campaigned in support of the McLean Creek option in 2015 but reversed that stand after becoming government.
The townsite mayor agrees with concerns raised in a review for the Tsuut’ina citing unknown impacts from a variety of issues in the event of a flood.
With regards to Tsuut’ina’s initial review of the Springbank dry dam project from 3rd party sources, the following concerns have been flagged, which consist of unknown impacts from a diversion gate being placed three kilometres from Tsuut’ina; groundwater effects from mass water storage; water backing up during a flood diversion onto Tsuut’ina land and the designated land of Redwood Meadows; and pollutants and/or airborne contaminates from a flood event. As a result, the townsite of Redwood Meadows calls on the Government of Alberta to reconsider the McLean Creek option for flood mitigation to protect all our communities.
Earlier this month, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the Springbank dam is among the most critical elements of the flood mitigation infrastructure and he was confident the Alberta government and Tsuut’ina can work together to move the project forward.