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Thursday, April 2, 2015

MD of Pincher Creek to receive $1.6 million from province for improvement to regional water system

Chris Davis

The Government of Alberta today announced  Alberta Community Resilience Program grants for 21 projects in 16 municipalities impacted by the 2013 floods or facing significant future flood risk, including the MD of Pincher Creek, Calgary, MD of Bighorn, MD of Foothills, Nanton and High River, Peace River, Manning, Whitecourt, Lethbridge County, and the MD of Wood Buffalo.

The Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9 will receive $1,627,880 for the relocation of the raw water intake for the Cowley-Lundbreck Regional Water System from its current location on the Castle River to the Oldman Dam Reservoir, "providing system users with a secure water source and preventing future flood damage in high water events".  All funds for this project are to be released to the MD of Pincher Creek in 2015/16.


Environment and Sustainable Resource Development provides 90% of the engineering and construction costs for approved projects up to $3 million, and 70% for costs in excess of $3 million.  Operating an maintenance costs of a project are the responsibility of the municipality and are not eligible.
“Local water projects provide a critical, additional line of defense against rising flood waters and support ongoing stewardship efforts to mitigate drought effects. Our promise to protect Albertans is supported by this long-term funding commitment to reduce the flood risk faced by our communities across the province.” - Kyle Fawcett, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
From the press release issued today:

"As part of Budget 2015 and the Alberta Government’s 10-year plan, the Alberta Community Resilience Program will provide $500 million in grant support over 10 years to municipalities, special areas, improvement districts, First Nations and Métis Settlements to help ensure public safety and protect critical municipal infrastructure, while supporting integrated planning and healthy, functioning watersheds. The next submissions deadline for ACRP is September 30, 2015.

Projects that did not receive funding in the first round of grant funding will remain on a prioritized list and may be funded at a later date.

Earlier community-level mitigation was funded through the Flood Recovery Erosion Control program (FREC), a program initiated following the 2013 Southern Alberta floods. One hundred and sixty-six grants were approved through FREC for a total of more than $211 million to protect Albertans and their communities."

Related links:
Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP)
Fact Sheet - ACRP Grant Approvals

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