Bragg Creek Flood Mitigation

Landowner Liaison

Rocky View County has hired Mr. Don Kochan, P.Eng as a third party liaison to ensure open communication between residents impacted by the Bragg Creek Flood Mitigation Project and Rocky View County. Mr. Kochan will not be involved with design decisions or negotiations for land purchases; however, he may provide clarification on these matters to the parties. Mr. Kochan will conduct an impartial and independent review of the project and make recommendations based on feedback.

Mr. Kochan is a resident of Rocky View County and past work experience includes positions as Director of Environmental Services and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Canmore. Currently, Mr. Kochan owns and operates an engineering consulting company and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s Investigative Committee that monitors the professional conduct of engineers.

Residents may contact Mr. Kochan with specific questions or concerns about the Bragg Creek Flood Mitigation Project at 587-435-7172 or by email at donkochan51@gmail.com.

Next Steps

The County has completed land appraisals of the affected properties based on the type of acquisition required to construct the flood mitigation structures: full buyout, partial taking, or easement. Land negotiation engagements will commence in May 2017. For more information regarding the appraisal process, please see the Land Appraisal Process Memo (PDF).

In May, the County will also be preparing its Water Act Application for Alberta Environment. Once the submission is complete, supporting documents will be posted on this page. Sign up for notifications at the bottom of this page to stay up to date on progress.

Public Engagement

Rocky View County held a project information session at the Bragg Creek Community Centre on February 28, 2017. The session included a review of project information boards, a presentation by the project consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler, and a public question and answer period. The evening closed with one-on-one discussions with attendees at the information boards.

The session was well attended with over 125 residents from the hamlet and surrounding area. We would like to thank the residents that attended the information session for this opportunity to share information and for their valuable input. The information boards, presentation, and responses to some frequently asked questions are posted for your information:

Project Update and Documents

The County has completed the field program that began in August 2016. The information gathered to date will be used to complete the flood mitigation designs for the hamlet and to support provincial and federal regulatory and environmental applications. The following reports are posted for your information:

In November 2016, Rocky View County, Amec Foster Wheeler, and Evolve Surface Strategies (formally SunAgro Land Services) started one-on-one meetings with landowners who will be directly impacted by the flood mitigation structures. To date, we have met over 90% of the landowners. Landowner concerns were discussed and feedback regarding design and alignment will be incorporated into the design where possible.

Project Timelines

Phase 1: Planning and Design

  • Benchmark and narrative appraisals of project lands; Currently ongoing
  • Public review of design at Information Session; February 28, 2017
  • Alberta Environment & Parks Water Act application; May 2017
  • Federal Department of Oceans and Fisheries Offsetting Plan; May 2017
  • Detailed design and preparation of tender plans and specifications package for construction; Tentative date for completion June 2017
  • First Nations Consultation (Treaty 7); cannot commence until Water Act Application is accepted by Alberta Environment & Parks and consultation process is initiated.

Phase 2: Construction

  • Subject to environmental approvals and completion of First Nations Consultation to the satisfaction of Alberta Environment & Parks and Infrastructure Canada.
  • Upon issuance of environmental approvals; 6 to 8 months for construction of flood protection measures plus 6 months for reclamation and site clean-up.

Funding

Rocky View County would like to thank the Alberta and Federal Governments for sponsoring this project. The grants offered between the two levels of government total $32.8 M; Provincial $27.0 M and Federal $5.8 M.

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Other Bragg Creek Projects?

The County is running several projects in Bragg Creek. If you are looking for more information, visit our Plans Under Review section.

Springbank Dam

A lot of people are asking us about the Springbank Dam, also known as SR1. Alberta Transportation is responsible for the project development, regulatory approvals, and construction. For more information on the Springbank Dam, visit the Alberta Environment and Parks website.

Contact

Capital Projects
T: 403.230.1401
F: 403.277.3113
rodie@rockyview.ca