This release was issued under a previous government.

As part of the environmental impact assessment of the Springbank Reservoir project, engineering work is required which involves geotechnical surveys and drilling boreholes within the bed and shores of McLean Creek. Environmental assessments are required for fish and fish habitat, wildlife (including migratory birds), species at risk and vegetation.

The Government of Alberta remains committed to the Springbank Reservoir to provide flood protection for communities along the Elbow River because, compared with other options, it:

  • is less costly
  • has less environmental impact
  • has less impact on the Elbow River
  • has shorter timelines, since it is quicker to build
  • captures more runoff due to its location farther downstream
  • is less sensitive to impacts from sediment and debris
  • is closer to operational response teams and access roads
  • is less vulnerable to damage during extreme weather

This engineering and environmental work at McLean Creek is required as part of the options assessment of the Environmental Impact Assessment that the Government of Alberta is conducting for the Springbank project. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and Alberta’s Natural Resource Conservation Board require these details as part of regulatory processes.

Work should begin next week and be completed by late January, weather permitting. No disruptions to vehicle traffic are anticipated.