We will gather feedback over the next 2 years on 3 possible options to help reduce the effects of flooding and drought along the Bow River by increasing water storage capacity.
Additional water storage will significantly reduce the impact of severe weather events on Albertans who live, work and recreate in the Calgary area and on the provincial economy. Flooding that occurred in southern Alberta in 2013 alone caused more than $5 billion in damage in Calgary and surrounding communities.
Your input will help identify the environmental, technical, financial and social impacts of 3 possible mitigation options identified in the Bow River Reservoir Options Phase 1: Conceptual Assessment – Main Report:
- "Morley" – a new reservoir between Seebe and Morley, on Stoney Nakoda Nations reserve lands
- "Relocated Ghost Dam" – an expansion of the existing Ghost Reservoir
- "Glenbow East" – a new reservoir between Cochrane and the Bearspaw Dam at the western edge of Calgary
Results under review
Who is listening
Ministry of Environment and Parks
Read the resources below to learn more about the Bow River Reservoir Options project:
- Bow River Reservoir Options Phase 1: Conceptual Assessment – Main Report
- Bow River Water Management Project: Advice to Government on water management in the Bow River Basin
- May 2021 Newsletter
- Bow River Reservoir Options project information
This engagement will have multiple phases and many ways to get involved over the next few years. More opportunities to provide input will be shared when available. Check back or sign up for updates
The following opportunities are currently available on the online engagement tool:
- Interactive map – let us know how you use the land around the 3 areas under consideration
- Ask our experts a question
- Engage with a virtual information centre - available June 16 to June 30, 2021
Virtual information centre
Check out the Bow River Reservoir Options virtual information centre from June 16 to June 30, 2021.
The virtual centre features information boards, a video and reports to help you learn more about the initiative and the feasibility study. It also includes opportunities to share your input on the reservoir options.
Virtual live sessions
Attend a virtual live session to learn more, share feedback and ask questions. Sessions are approximately 2 hours long and registration is limited.
To participate, register for the session you wish to attend by clicking the links below.
We will work directly with Indigenous communities and organizations throughout the Bow River Reservoir Options engagement to ensure their perspectives are heard and explored.
Your feedback will help us carefully review the 3 proposed options for reducing the effects of flooding and drought along the Bow River and will be considered in any decision to move forward with one of the options.
If one of the options is chosen to move forward, it would proceed to the engineering and regulatory approval process.
Connect with the Bow River Reservoir Options engagement:
Email: [email protected]
Subscribe for email updates
If you wish to receive periodic emailed updates about the Bow River Reservoir Options initiative, please complete the following form. If you have already signed up – we look forward to providing you with new information about the feasibility study and engagement opportunities as they become available.
Any personal information you provide - including your name, phone number and email address - is collected under the authorization of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act
The information and feedback you provide will be used to inform decisions regarding a Bow River reservoir and dam, or to follow up with you if you have questions regarding this project. All feedback, including what you provide, may be compiled, synthesized, anonymized and shared for project purposes, with no attribution to your name or contact information. Any personal information you provide will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose than stated, without your specific written consent or unless required to do so by law.
If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to have any personal information corrected, please contact the Project Manager, Bow River Reservoir Options initiative at 310-3773 (toll free) or [email protected].
Last updated: June 16, 2021