As reported on CTV News, opponents of a proposed flood mitigation project that’s slated to be constructed west of Calgary presented hundreds of petitions against the dry reservoir during a Monday morning meeting in Redwood Meadows.
President of the Springbank Community Association, Karin Hunter handed over 842 individually signed petitions to UCP MLA for Banff-Kananaskis, Miranda Rosin.
Hunter has been a strong advocate against the project and has been gathering community support over the last year.
The hope is to have the dam moved to McLean Creek.
“This is not just about flood, this is about water management,” Hunter said.
“This project could be up to a billion dollars for one community, with one outcome that should work most of the time — it seems like a waste when people out here are saying we’d love a water reservoir at McLean Creek like was proposed in the original decision.
Instead, the province has its sights set on the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (SR1), which is 15 kilometres west of Calgary, between Highway 8 and the Trans-Canada Highway and east of Highway 22. It would have the capacity to temporarily store about 78 million cubic metres of water, roughly the equivalent of 28,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The location does not sit well with community members in Redwood Meadows, Springbank, the MD of Rocky View and the Tsuut’ina Nation. The First Nation is just 400 metres north of the proposed site of the project and community leaders fear the spillway of the reservoir could have a big impact on its land.
Petitioners also argue that the dam would exceed air quality guidelines as the reservoir drains.