A three-week window has opened to obtain further public feedback on two of the three options being considered for a Bow River reservoir.

With a feasibility study scheduled for completion this December, public feedback is sought on expanding the existing Ghost Reservoir or build a new reservoir between Cochrane and the Bearspaw Dam.

A third reservoir option being explored to create a new reservoir between Seebe and Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda Nation. That option is not ready for public engagement at this time.

The survey will remain open until May 6 and will inform the feasibility study and determine how to proceed to engineering and regulatory approval.

You can learn more about the options being considered and access the online survey here

The reservoir will increase water storage on the Bow River and help protect communities from future drought and floods.

A May 2017 report by the Bow River working group included a recommendation to complete conceptual assessments of three major reservoir options on the Bow River, upstream of Calgary. In 2021, engagement and field studies began.

The feasibility study continues to assess technical feasibility, while considering a variety of social, environmental, cultural, traditional land use, engineering and economic elements.

It also explores whether any alternatives exist that could reasonably provide the same levels of flood and drought protection as a reservoir.

Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation officials are concerned the Glenbow East option will reduce the size of the park and be counterproductive to efforts to preserve the rolling hills and grasslands of the area and continue to build upon the long-time vision of the Harvie and Haskayne families and others.

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