Update on the Status of Red Deer River Watershed Hazard Studies


The Government of Alberta has recently provided status updates on three River Hazard Studies within the Red Deer River Watershed. Work on the Upper Red Deer River, the Red Deer River and the Drumheller River Hazard Studies are being completed under the provincial Flood Hazard Identification Program, the goals of which include enhancement of public safety and reduction of future flood damages through the identification of river and flood hazards. 

Substantial progress has been made since the multi-year studies started in 2017- 2018. Survey and base data collection, hydrology assessment, hydraulic modelling, and flood inundation mapping work are complete. Flood hazard mapping and channel stability investigation are in late stages. Originally expected to be finished this spring, technical work on the Red Deer River study is now expected to be complete by summer 2019, while technical work for both the Upper Red Deer and Drumheller Rivers are projected to be completed by Spring 2020.

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