The governments of Canada and Alberta, with the support of municipalities or other community organizations, will provide more than $107.5 million to complete eight green infrastructure projects in northern and southern Alberta through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

These projects will upgrade or build new water/wastewater treatment systems, stormwater management systems and flood barriers.

In Calgary, the downtown flood barrier project will create a new barrier along the south bank of the Bow River to improve flood control. This barrier will be connected to the West Eau Claire and Centre Street Bridge lower deck flood barriers to form a continuous barrier along the Bow River. A second project in Calgary will add a stormwater trunk in the upper plateau to direct stormwater runoff directly into the Bow River and reduce the risk and magnitude of stormwater flooding.

Another project will assist the Siksika Nation to build two new drinking water wells to provide a stable source of feed water for the Arthur A. Youngman treatment facility that will meet growing community needs and reduce environmental impacts.

“I am pleased to see important flood mitigation and safe water projects going ahead in communities across our province. Updated water infrastructure is critical to keeping communities safe and healthy, and ensures that our local economies can recover quickly from severe weather events,” said Jason Nixon, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks.

“Funding for these projects will create much-needed jobs for Albertans in the short term, and will protect communities and businesses for many years to come,” added Nixon.

These water-related infrastructure projects are part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

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