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AWA Letter to ESRD Minister: Elbow McLean Dam Concerns, Support for Bow-Elbow Room for River Pilot

January 30, 2015

Regarding flood mitigation proposals in the Bow and Elbow River watersheds, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is writing to request that the Alberta government:

  • Ensure there is public review of the cost-benefit analyses of flood mega-projects, along with the first-cut environmental analysis of the Elbow McLean dam, before making any further decisions to proceed with these projects;
  • Not proceed with design and environmental assessments for the Elbow River McLean dam in Kananaskis Country due to its ecological harm and catastrophic failure risk in high water events; and
  • Support Bow-Elbow ‘Room for the River’ ecosystem-based, cost-effective pilot project ideas to reduce vulnerable floodplain infrastructure and improve regional flood and drought resiliency.
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