Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Plan engagement

Albertans shared feedback to help shape the land use plan for the Springbank off-stream reservoir.

Overview

We are gathering input to inform future use of the Springbank off-stream reservoir project lands.

This project is designed as a dry reservoir that will hold water during a flood emergency. When the area is not being used for flood mitigation and operational activities, the land may be used for other purposes.

Timeline

  • Open

    Public survey closed March 17, 2024. Indigenous community engagement ongoing until April 15, 2024. 

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas

Get informed

During a flood emergency, the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir project lands will hold water from the Elbow River to reduce the risk to downstream communities and landscapes.

The Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Plan will help define the location, context, restricted access areas and closure scenarios for project lands. It will also provide policy direction guiding land access and use for First Nations, and the general public.

Get involved

Indigenous engagement

Indigenous communities and organizations have been engaged in the development of the draft land use plan and are invited to share their feedback on it until April 15, 2024, through an online survey or one-on-one conversations with government.

Indigenous communities and organizations can connect with the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Planning Team to learn more or share your feedback.

Input received

Public online survey

Albertans shared feedback on the draft land use plan for the Springbank off-stream reservoir project through an online survey from February 12 to March 17, 2024. The public online survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated with this engagement.

Outcomes

Your input will be used to help finalize the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Plan and ensure safe and responsible use of the project lands. The final land use plan is expected to be completed by spring 2024.

How we got here

Land use committees

The draft land use plan was developed with input from 2 land use committees representing: 

  • Indigenous communities and organizations
  • local municipalities
  • stakeholders
  • landowners
  • community groups

The First Nations Committee emphasized the importance of the land for its natural value and First Nations’ priority access and use of the project lands to exercise of treaty rights and traditional uses.

The Joint Land Use Advisory Committee developed a Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Plan Recommendations Report that addressed land management, public access and use of the project lands. The report was considered in the development of the draft land use plan.

Contact

Connect with the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Land Use Planning team:

Email: [email protected]