Flooding on the Elbow

In 1996, 2005 and 2013, the Elbow River watershed experienced severe flood events which caused significant damage to local infrastructure and changes in the river patterns. The Government of Alberta is currently studying options for flood mitigation in our most flood-prone watersheds, including the Elbow, and is funding a number of watershed resiliency and restoration efforts. The following links provide more information on flood projects and studies related to the Elbow River watershed. 


Flood Mitigation

Alberta WaterPortal. October 2015. Alberta Government announces Elbow River, Calgary and High River Flood Mitigation Projects.

Alberta Environment and Parks. 2016. Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP). The ERWP’s WRRP grant is noted in this document 

Fitch, L. Beaver – Our Watershed Partner. Cows and Fish Alberta. Booklet 47p.

Fitch, L. 2014. Beavers: An ally or an inconvenient species? Article in WaterPortal.

Government of Alberta. 2016. Flood Mitigation Studies on the Elbow River.


Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (SR1)

 Alberta Environment and Parks. 2020. Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. 2020. Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project Home Page.

Stantec Consulting Ltd. 2016. Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project: Canada Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 – Project Description. Report for Alberta Transportation. 108p.


Alberta Government Flood Hazard Identification Program 

The Bow and Elbow River Hazard Study will identify and assess river-related hazards along 70 km of the Elbow River.

Government of Alberta. Flood Hazard Area Map. Online at Government of Alberta Flood Hazard Map Application.

Government of Alberta. 2016. Bow and Elbow River Hazard Study March 2016 Update. 2p.

Government of Alberta. Bragg Creek – Elbow River and Bragg Creek – Flood Hazard Study - Summary. Flood Hazard Identification Program.

Government of Alberta. Calgary – Bow and Elbow Rivers – Flood Hazard Study – Summary. Flood Hazard Identification Program