Quotation MarksHemmera successfully managed the Environmental Assessment under the harmonized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act processes.

Client: Alberta Transportation

Location: McLean Creek, AB

Date: 2016 – 2017

Project Lead: Tim Wilding, Malcolm Smith

Project Team: Leeann Graham, Nina Barton, Cate Collinson

ELBOW RIVER DAM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Overview
The Elbow River Dam at McLean Creek (MC1) project involves the construction of an earth fill dam across the mainstem of the Elbow River, approximately 10 km upstream from the hamlet of Bragg Creek in Southern Alberta, to mitigate damage associated with potential flooding such as occurred in 2013. The project, which is being considered as an alternative to the Spring Reservoir (SR1) project, would involve a dam to retain flood waters and allow for attenuation of flows to avoid downstream damage.

Approach
Hemmera undertook an environmental assessment of the proposed McLean Creek Project option to support the SR1 alternatives assessment required as part of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The SR1 Project is subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (AEPEA).

Hemmera selected Valued Components (VCs) to reflect the values and priorities of regulators, Aboriginal groups, the public, and the scientific community. Biological VCs that were studied to support the development of the EIS include: vegetation; wetlands; wildlife and wildlife habitat; fish and fish habitat; and aquatic resources. For each of these biological VCs, Hemmera collected baseline data (desktop and field studies), identified potential project-related effects and identified practical and effective mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate potential effects. Hemmera also developed all figures and maps including GIS analysis to determine the spatial extent of any potential effects.

Hemmera also led the assessment of socio-economic and physical VCs including socio-economic and land use, air quality (including GHGs), noise, contaminated site, heritage resources and soils, soils and terrain, water quality, hydrology, and hydrogeology. Following submission of the SR1 EIS, Hemmera will support Alberta Transportation in participating in the Natural Resources Conservation Board hearing and Canadian Environment Assessment Agencies review that will support the review of the SR1 EA. In this context, Hemmera personnel will be participating in SR1 open houses and consultation processes and acting as witnesses and defending the alternatives assessment undertaken for the McLean Creek Project.

Results
Hemmera successfully managed the EA under the harmonized CEAA 2012 and AEPEA processes.

ELBOW RIVER DAM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Client: Alberta Transportation
Location: McLean Creek, AB
Date: 2016 – 2017
Project Lead: Tim Wilding, Malcolm Smith
Project Team: Leeann Graham, Nina Barton, Cate Collinson

Overview

The Elbow River Dam at McLean Creek (MC1) project involves the construction of an earth fill dam across the mainstem of the Elbow River, approximately 10km upstream from the hamlet of Bragg Creek in Southern Alberta, to mitigate damage associated with potential flooding such as occurred in 2013. The project, which is being considered as an alternative to the Spring Reservoir (SR1) project, would involve a dam to retain flood waters and allow for attenuation of flows to avoid downstream damage.

Approach

Hemmera undertook an environmental assessment of the proposed McLean Creek Project option to support the SR1 alternatives assessment required as part of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The SR1 Project is subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (AEPEA).

Hemmera selected Valued Components (VCs) to reflect the values and priorities of regulators, Aboriginal groups, the public, and the scientific community. Biological VCs that were studied to support the development of the EIS include: vegetation; wetlands; wildlife and wildlife habitat; fish and fish habitat; and aquatic resources. For each of these biological VCs, Hemmera collected baseline data (desktop and field studies), identified potential project-related effects and identified practical and effective mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate potential effects. Hemmera also developed all figures and maps including GIS analysis to determine the spatial extent of any potential effects.

Hemmera also led the assessment of socio-economic and physical VCs including socio-economic and land use, air quality (including GHGs), noise, contaminated site, heritage resources and soils, soils and terrain, water quality, hydrology, and hydrogeology. Following submission of the SR1 EIS, Hemmera will support Alberta Transportation in participating in the Natural Resources Conservation Board hearing and Canadian Environment Assessment Agencies review that will support the review of the SR1 EA. In this context, Hemmera personnel will be participating in SR1 open houses and consultation processes and acting as witnesses and defending the alternatives assessment undertaken for the McLean Creek Project.

Results

Hemmera successfully managed the EA under the harmonized CEAA 2012 and AEPEA processes.

Quotation MarksText Hemmera successfully managed the Environmental Assessment under the harmonized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act processes.