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 kilometres northwest of the Trans-Canada Highway. The project location (14-34-24-10 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 Town of Canmore also filed an application with Environment and Parks under the Water Act (File No. 00384210).
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
Following the review of the environmental impact assessment report and the applications, supplemental information was requested from the Town of Canmore on three occasions: December 2016, October 2017, and March 2018. The Town of Canmore provided the requested information in its responses filed on June 9, 2017, December 12, 2017, and March 20, 2018. The environmental impact assessment and the application were deemed complete on March 23, 2018.
The NRCB issued notice of the application on April 11, 2018 to invite written submissions from those who may have concerns about or objections to the Town of Canmore project:
Notice of Application - Town of Canmore Debris Flood Retention Structure, April 11, 2018
NRCB public interest review process
The NRCB and Environment and Parks completed their review of the application and the deficiencies were addressed by the applicant. The NRCB’s public interest review process was initiated by publishing public notice and inviting written submissions.
No submissions were received by the deadline of May 22, 2018. The Board met on May 24, 2018 and determined that the review would proceed to a written review.
After completing its review the Board found the proposed project to be in the public interest. It issued decision 2018-01 on November 15, 2018, approving the project with conditions.
Town of Canmore - Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure, Board Decision NR 2018-01, November 15, 2018
News release, November 15, 2018
Background, November 15, 2018
To obtain additional information about the project, or copies of the environmental impact assessment report, applications, or supplemental information, contact:
Felix Camire, E.I.T., Project Manager
Town of Canmore
Canmore, Alberta T1W 3K1
The application and EIA are available online: https://canmore.ca/projects/mountain-creek-hazard-mitigation
Or, by appointment, they may be viewed at the following locations:
Town Hall, Canmore Civic Center Natural Resources Conservation Board
903 – 7 Avenue, Canmore 250 – 5 Street SW, Calgary
Telephone: 403-678-1512 Telephone: 403-297-8269
Toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000
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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, Manager, Board Reviews
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 the NRCB's Senior Communications Specialist at 403-679-9879.