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Flood/Drought Mitigation Initiatives

Programs and Services, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

AEP provides many specific resources for flood mitigation categorized in the following sections:

  • 2013 Flood Recovery Program
  • Alberta Community Resilience Program
  • Dam Safety
  • Flood Hazard Identification Program (including Mapping)
  • Flood Mitigation Projects and Studies
  • Groundwater
  • Municipal Wastewater and Storm Water Management Program
  • River Management Frameworks
  • South Saskatchewan River Basin Water Information
  • Water and Wastewater Operator Information Portal
  • Water Information Centre
  • Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program
  • Wetlands


Alberta's River Basins (flows, levels, advisories, forecaster's comments, ice reports, water supply outlook, maps and data summaries, water management reports, FAQs), Alberta, Environment and Parks.

Alberta Government Needs to Update Flood Mapping Guidelines, Formalize Training for Pipeline Regulatory Staff: Auditor General, Canadian Underwriter, 12 Mar. 2015.


Calgary Flood Mitigation and Recovery Projects, City of Calgary.

2013 Calgary Flood Recovery Projects and Imagery, City of Calgary.

Flood Choices for Albertans: Floodway and Flood Fringe Fact Sheet, Alberta, 1 p. (PDF) (flowchart for relocation or flood proofing for homes in the floodway or the flood fringe, and those outside either).

Mitigation, Calgary River Communities Action Group


Municipal Recovery Toolkit, Alberta, 28 Oct. 2013, 21 pp. (PDF).

Municipal Subsidies for Flood Prevention (2011-2012), Appendix A: in Urban Flooding in Canada, ICLR, Feb. 2013.

Rangeland Management in Drought Conditions, Alberta Environment and Parks.

Rebuilding in the Floodway, Alberta.

Rebuilding or Relocating Homes, Alberta.

Relocating after Flooding (funding for those who live in a floodway), Alberta.

Flood/Drought Reports and Studies

The 2013 Great Alberta Flood: Actions to Mitigate, Manage and Control Future Floods, Alberta WaterSmart, 2 Aug. 2013. 27 (PDF).

  • Recommendations: anticipate more extreme flood and drought weather events, improve operational capacity to deal with potential extreme weather scenarios through better modeling and data management, investigate cost/benefit of physical infrastructure improvement (on- and off-stream storage, diversions, natural infrastructures such as wetlands), flood risks in municipal planning and building codes for flood plains, evaluate options for overland flood insurance, manage water resources collaboratively
Athabasca River Flood Study, IBI Group, prepared for Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force, May 2014, 30 pp. (PDF).

Best Practices for Reducing the Risk of Future Damage to Homes from Riverine and Urban Flooding: A Report on Recovery and Rebuilding in Southern Alberta, ICLR (Paul Kovacs and Dan Sandink), Sept. 2013, 30 pp. (PDF).
Bow Basin Flood Mitigation and Watershed Management Project, Alberta WaterSmart / Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions (AIEES), 31 Mar. 2014, 124 pp. (PDF).
  • Since Alberta needs systemic watershed considerations of flood and drought, local flood/disasters need provincial management; includes near- , medium- , and long-term proposals regarding the whole Bow River Basin including the Bow, Elbow, Highwood, and Sheep rivers that are intended to support a small part of the larger systemic approach as described in the Government of Alberta’s publication, Respecting Our Rivers: Alberta’s Approach to Flood Mitigation.


Elbow River Historical Detention and Diversion Sites, Alberta WaterSmart, Jan. 2014, 19 pp. (PDF).

  • examination of which sites would be best for drought/flood catastrophe mitigation


Flood Mitigation Measures: Elbow River, Sheep River, and Highwood Basins, Stantec, prepared for Community Flood Mitigation Advisory Panel, Oct. 2013. 120 pp. (PDF).

Glenmore Reservoir Diversion (Calgary Tunnel) Benefit Cost Analysis, BI Group, prepared for Government of Alberta ESRD—Resilience and Mitigation, Feb. 2015.

Provincial Flood Mitigation Report, Alberta, Provincial Flood Mitigation Committee, Nov. 2006. 32 pp. (PDF).

Red Deer River Basin Flood Mitigation Study, Stantec, prepared for The Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force, March 2014, 8 pp. (PDF).

Respecting Our Rivers: Alberta’s Approach to Flood Mitigation, Alberta, Feb. 2014. 8 pp. (PDF).
  • post-2013 flood with plans fall 2013–fall 2016

Resilience and Mitigation Framework for Alberta Floods, Alberta, Dec. 2013, 9 pp. (PDF).
  • includes plans for 2014–2020 and framework for assessing projects

Southern Alberta Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study for Sheep, Highwood River Basins and South Saskatchewan River Sub-Basin: Highwood River Water Management Plan, AECOM, prepared for Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force, July 2014, 112 pp. (PDF).

Southern Alberta Flood Mitigation Feasibility Study for Sheep, Highwood River Basins and South Saskatchewan River Sub-Basin: Sheep River Water Management Plan, AECOM, prepared for Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force, June 2014, 64 pp. (PDF).

Fire Mitigation Initiatives

Wildfire, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

  • includes wildfire status, mitigation grant programs, fire bans, etc.

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (maps of fire weather, fire behaviour, and fire M3 hotspots), Canada, Natural Resources Canada.

Guidebook for Community Protection: A Guidebook for Wildland/Urban Interface Communities, Alberta, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, FireSmart, Nov. 2013, 100 pp. (PDF) (for assessing and planning community development).

Earthquake Studies

Study of Impact and the Insurance and Economic Cost of a Major Earthquake in British Columbia and Ontario/Québec, (full report), AIR Worldwide (commissioned by Insurance Bureau of Canada).

Seismic Hazard and Seismic Risk in Canada, Canada, Natural Resources Canada (John Adams), 2011. 92 pp. (PDF).
  • effects of minor Val-des-Bois earthquake of June 23rd, effects of major September 3rd New Zealand earthquake, risk reduction through National Building code, Canada’s national seismic hazard maps, future risk mitigation and role of insurance industry

Weather/Climate Change Resources

AcroClimactic Information Service (ACIS): Bringing you up-to-date Alberta weather and climate data, Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • charts current and historical climate trends and extremes of precipitation, temperature, soil moisture, snow pack, drought, and other indices for particular areas of Alberta; Alberta Weather Station Data and Graphs, Alberta Weather Station Conditions Summary, Alberta Climate and Atlas Maps, Alberta Weather Conditions Maps, Alberta Weather Radar Imagery, Alberta Weather Radar Imagery, Alberta Weather Forecast

Alberta Government News

alberta.ca/announcements: Search news using keyword, phrases, and wildcards.

Alberta Emergency Management Newsroom.

Alberta Environment and Parks News.

Alberta Wildfire App.

Alberta Wildfire Updates.
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