July 21, 2016 2:40 pm
Updated: July 21, 2016 2:43 pm

Final round of Alberta flood, drought funding announced

A high view shows the flooding at Bow River where water covered an island next to the downtown core, in Calgary, Alberta, June 22, 2013.

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The Alberta government announced Thursday $1 million in grants to help improve flood and drought resiliency across the province.

The money from the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program will be distributed to 12 communities throughout Alberta – including Calgary, Edmonton, Taber and the MD of Foothills – to help improve the natural watershed functions of rivers.

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Money will go towards projects such as the restoration of riparian areas, creation of wetlands, installation of rain gardens in urban locations, soil bioengineering, implementation of agricultural best management practices, and the increased use of beaver structures.

“Improving natural watersheds is an important part of our plan to help vulnerable communities like Calgary and others across the province adapt to a changing climate,” Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips said in a news release. 

These projects will enhance our natural environment and reduce the impact of both floods and drought.”

“The City of Calgary is pleased to hear that the province is moving ahead with additional Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program projects in the Bow and Elbow River watersheds,” director of water resources with the City of Calgary, Ron Spackman said.

Thursday’s announcement marked the third and final round of grants provided through the program, which was launched in 2014 following widespread and damaging flooding throughout southern Alberta the year before. Over three years, the provincial government has granted $18.5 million to 30 organizations.

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To see a complete list of projects supported through the final round of grants, and the funding allocated for each project, visit the Government of Alberta website.

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