Bearspaw Meadows pumping approved
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 06:00 am
Rocky View County (RVC) council approved a budget adjustment to allow for emergency pumping in the community of Bearspaw Meadows, in the amount of $150,000.
A motion by Area Coun. Eric Lowther was carried in October, directing administration to take “appropriate action” to lower the water level in the Meadows Drive area, specifically in the pond, to address drainage concerns and associated flooding.
“Since the approval of the council motion, administration has been working with downstream landowners to gain consensus on an acceptable flow rate for the emergency pumping, gained prices from contractors to perform pumping to the desired water level, and established a pumping route to complete the work,” said Dale Caines with RVC’s capital infrastructure projects.
“Administration is now confident that all matters related to the proposed pumping have been addressed, and recommend moving forward with the emergency pumping for the Meadows Drive area.”
According to Caines, pumping is expected to begin in late March. Even with pumping running 24 hours a day and potentially seven days a week, the project will likely take four weeks to complete. This timeline is also contingent on weather conditions during the pumping activities.
While this emergency pumping solution is only temporary, Caines said administration has been working with local landowners since 2013 to complete an “ultimate solution” for the area – which has been a “historic maintenance problem” for the county.
“Once all landowners consent for easements have been gained and approval from Alberta Environment has been received for the project, administration will be back before council to present project capital costing and funding options to resolve the drainage problems for the area,” Caines said.
The 2017 Base Budget provides funding for emergency pumping in the amount of $70,000, to cover situations across the entire county. Administration’s recommendation was to approve a separate budget item to address the request for $150,000 specific to the Bearspaw Meadows area.
“We don’t let developers treat stormwater this way anymore. This is a legacy from back when we didn’t have standards in place and couldn’t see what some of these problems would lead to,” said Coun. Margaret Bahcheli. “I feel comfortable that we’re not going to have this problem in future developments – it’s been very well addressed.”