Preventing Floods

Most Urgent Issue for Calgarians

Preventing FLOODS

Have you heard about the mitigation solution provided freely by nature?

We Owe It to Ourselves and to Future Generations to Protect Our City and Protect the Environment           

 Flood and Drought Mitigation

Water Conservation

Every resident in our province ought to ask and seek an answer for the following question:

Nature has freely provided us with a perfect solution to manage the rivers that cause destructive floods in southern Alberta (Bow River, Elbow River, Sheep River and Highwood River) as described in the Tri-River Joint Reservoir (TRJR) proposal.


The TRJR or the “Tri-River Joint Reservoir of Alberta” proposal is a discovery by Dr. Emile Gabriel, founder of the Comprehensive Flood & Water Management Council (CFWMC), based in Calgary. The discovery was followed by a plan and a design for a comprehensive water solution.

This solution is based on the concept of connecting the three rivers of Elbow, Sheep and Highwood that are naturally close to each other at a strategic location upstream (approximately 15 km. apart). This would provide the functionality nucleus for this project. See link:

The Tri-River Joint Reservoir “TRJR” is a Comprehensive and Robust Solution!

  • A short tunnel and flow-through reservoir are the main components for phase I
  • The reservoir is actually a natural valley 30km long and 1km wide, which encompasses the headwaters of the Elbow, Sheep and Highwood rivers, respectively at a specific strategic location
  • This valley can safely hold 10x the volume of the proposed Springbank Dry Dam providing maximum practical safety in case of a flood exceeding the volume of the 2013 event.

What shall it benefit our city, if we invest in different projects, and a flood comes along and wipes them out?

Almost half of our city population depends on the Glenmore reservoir for drinking water (Source: Elbow River). Calgary’s population is constantly increasing and the city is already concerned*about water shortage. 

Wouldn’t it be wiser to have more water stored at the TRJR project for city needs, in addition to mitigating drought conditions that are very costly?

You need to tell our governments at provincial or local level to consider this option.

More than four years have passed since the 2013 flood in Calgary, yet, there isn’t one single robust mitigation project in place.

 Flood and Drought Mitigation

We urgently need a Better Alternative to Springbank Dry Dam or McLean Creek Dam.

 Based on discussions with the affected communities, city councillors and recommendations provided by the world-renowned consultant (Deltares firm) that was commissioned by the government, it is agreed that the need for a comprehensive flood management is urgent and vital.

Some of the received common justifications for this urgent need were:

 1.     Springbank dry dam (SR1) can experience delays caused by landowners’ unwillingness to sell. Chief Crowchild: Springbank dam is a non-starter, April 15, 2017

2.      Deltares firm (a consultant commissioned by Alberta Government) warned, “The Springbank dry-dam could be overcome in some flood circumstances.”

3.      Most scientists and experts predict the next flood could be worse than previous ones.  In case of an event such as “back-to-back” floods, SR1 would not protect the City of Calgary at all. According to the city of Calgary website, “A flood could happen again in the following year or even twice or more in any given year”. 

4.      Our city faces a shortage of water while there are increasing demands by population, agriculture and industries for more water (SR1dry dam cannot provide for these demands).

5.      The Province of Alberta experiences ongoing drought conditions; Springbank dry dam is not designed as permanent water storage.

6.      Springbank dry dam (SR1) deals with one river only (the Elbow River).

7.      While the Bow River has caused serious damages to our City of Calgary, the Springbank dry dam is designed to mitigate only the flooding caused by the Elbow River.

8.      SR1 services up to (3) communities; the 2013 flood affected more than 100,000 Albertans in 30 communities.

9.      SR1 proposed location would require altering highway No. 22 (an added cost).

10.    SR1 dam would affect critical infrastructures, such as power lines or telephone lines.

11.    The 6 billion dollar question remains; what mitigation plans are there for the Bow, Sheep and Highwood Rivers? Historically, all have caused damaging floods.

12.    The federal government contributes substantially to disaster assistance funds. In order to be able to persuade this government to finance a mitigation plan, the need is for a comprehensive project. Therefore, the plan should have a strategy covering and protecting the larger population. While, at minimum, it should reduce economic losses, it is wiser if the plan is an investment that could provide economic benefits, especially now, considering current economic conditions.

What did the consultant firm say about the McLean Creek Dam proposed project?

“Considering the project size presented in this conceptual design, a 2013 magnitude flood would still result in residential damages along the Elbow River floodplain downstream of Glenmore…”

There is a better option for flood mitigation and water conservation 

The Tri-River Joint Reservoir of Alberta (TRJR)

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Flood Facts:

–  The catastrophic 2013 flood caused over $6 billion in damages; 5 people lost their lives

– 4 rivers that have historically caused severe and dangerous flooding in southern Alberta: Bow River, Elbow River, Sheep River and Highwood River

– 80% of the flood water originates in the mountains

Benefits of TRJR:


*Calgary’s population and economic growth are supported with a limited water supply from the Bow and Elbow Rivers.

The City must also consider how uncertainties such as climate change, changing water quality and future needs may impact the long-term water supply reliability and sustainability.

City of Calgary website:

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Benefits of TRJR:

It’s Time for the Electors to Compare and Choose the Most Prepared Person to Manage the City of Calgary Corporation.