This release was issued under a previous government.
“While some communities have already done good work to re-contour creeks and stabilize channels, we need to better ensure the long-term stability of the banks and the safety of residents," said Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. “This is a significant milestone in flood recovery and future mitigation, and we will be working together with local municipalities as we move forward.”
The province will provide this new funding directly to municipalities - details will be finalized in the coming weeks. This funding is in addition to assistance provided through the Disaster Recovery Program. Disaster Recovery Program funding helps communities, homeowners, and small businesses rebuild to a functional and safe state and covers damages to buildings and structures caused by uninsurable events. However, outside of this minimum replacement and restoration of land for structural safety, additional work is not covered. This new funding will help address this additional erosion control work.
Physical barriers, such as rocks or boulders, are often used as erosion controls as they armor a river or stream bed against water or ice erosion. Bridge abutments and pilings are other techniques used for erosion control.
“Time is of the essence,” said Kyle Fawcett, Associate Minister for Recovery and Reconstruction of Southwest Alberta. “That’s why we’re providing additional funding immediately for the restoration of highly-eroded sites in these communities."
In total, the government will provide approximately $20 million in immediate financial support.
The province will continue to work with flood-affected municipalities to determine which communities need additional funding for erosion control work. Areas already identified include:
- Canmore (Cougar Creek);
- Calgary (Bow River);
- Sheep River (Black Diamond to Okotoks - including Threepoint Creek);
- Exshaw (Exshaw Creek and Jura Creek);
- Lac des Arcs (Bow River);
- Crowsnest Pass (Lyons Creek);
- Highwood River (upstream of High River); and
- Bragg Creek (Elbow River).
Costs of individual projects are still to be determined.
Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
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