New River Hazard Studies

There have been 21 new flood studies commissioned since 2015, including 8 studies this spring. These new studies will create 1,500 km of new or updated flood mapping through more than 60 municipalities and 5 First Nations across Alberta.

Visit the River Hazard Studies page to find out what rivers and communities are included in the new studies, and to get more information on study progress.

Overview

The potential for flooding exists along all streams and lakes in Alberta.

Flooding can cause damage to property, hardship to people and in extreme events, loss of life. To assist Albertans in mitigating potential flood losses, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) manages the production of flood hazard studies and mapping under the provincial Flood Hazard Identification Program (FHIP).

Program Information

Flood hazard studies and mapping have been produced by the Government of Alberta since the 1970s. Initially there was no formal program associated with this work. In most cases, studies and mapping were provided to communities for information and planning purposes.

The Canada-Alberta Flood Damage Reduction Program was initiated in 1989 between the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada. The program was created to standardize and cost-share production of flood hazard studies and mapping, in order to increase public safety and awareness of flood hazards with an ultimate goal to mitigate flood damages.

The program expired in 1999 before flood hazard studies and mapping were completed for all of the original candidate communities. AEP continues to produce studies and mapping under the separate and independent Flood Hazard Identification Program.

To obtain a copy of the Current Flood Hazard Identification Program Guidelines (July 2011) or for more information, please contact: