Natural Resource Projects

Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure

NRCB Application No. 1601

On August 19, 2016, the Town of Canmore filed its formal application to the NRCB (the Board) to construct a debris flood retention structure and access road on Cougar Creek, approximately 2 km northwest of the Trans-Canada Highway. The project location (14-34-024-10 W5M) is at the site of an existing debris net.


The application describes the proposed project as a 29.85 metre high structure that would span a bedrock confined channel. It would comprise a rock and earth filled embankment, a reinforced concrete central sealing wall, and an open outflow with a throttle and debris rake. During normal weather conditions, water and sediment would flow unimpeded through the structure. The project description is set out in more detail in the environmental impact assessment (EIA), which forms part of the town’s application to the Board (NRCB Application #1601).


The Town of Canmore submitted the EIA to Alberta Environment and Parks in July 2016. 


The NRCB and Alberta Environment and Parks issued a joint notice of filing on September 6, 2016:


 Joint Notice of Filing, Application No. 1601, September 6, 2016


NRCB public interest review process

The NRCB’s public interest review process will commence when the review of the application by Environment and Parks and the NRCB is complete, and any deficiencies have been addressed by the applicant. The timeframe for commencing the public interest review depends on the time required to review the application and the time required by the applicant to respond to the deficiencies.


The NRCB will issue a notice of hearing to advise the public when the application is final and the public interest review process can commence.


This website includes general information about the NRCB’s review process, as well as a guide to intervener funding, and a guide to participation in the review process.


Print copies of the following documents may be requested by contacting Board Reviews in the Calgary office of the NRCB, at (403) 297-8269, or the Edmonton office of the NRCB, at (780) 422-1977:



To be added to the NRCB’s contact list and kept informed about updates to the NRCB’s review of this application, please contact:


Laura Friend, Board Administrator and Reviews Manager

Natural Resources Conservation Board

250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0R4

Telephone: (403) 297-8269 / Fax: (403) 662-3994 (Toll-free: 310-0000)



For media inquiries, please contact Board Reviews in the Calgary office of the NRCB, at (403) 297-8269.