Community Input

Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation - Community Input

The Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) will be posting community input and the actions taken by the DRFMO based on input received on this page.

The DRFMO takes citizen input seriously and looks to use the input where ever we can, including but not limited to the list below. As we move towards construction, we look forward to more one-on-one interactions with impacted citizens to hear their concerns and do our best to mitigate them.

If you have any questions, email floodreadiness@drumheller.ca or contact the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office directly here.

Midland "What We've Heard & How We're Responding" Report

WHAT WE'VE HEARD

 

Q&A

Q: How many cubic metres of fill will be placed on the Midland berm?
A: 30,000 cubic metres of impervious fill will be required to complete the Midland berm project. 

Q: What will happen to the existing pathways within the berm footprint?
A: All existing pathways will remain. Once berm construction is complete, pathways will be repaved and reopened.

Q: Will there be any new pathways?
A: No, if a pathway did not previously exist, new pathways will not be developed at this time.

Q: Will there still be river access for snow mobiles in the winter?
A: Access to the river will be the same as it is now once berm construction is complete.

Q: Why does the berm taper off in certain areas?
A: There are some areas within Midland where space does not allow for a permanent berm structure as the footprint would be too wide and would block the road, as it is not possible to raise the existing concrete wall structure.  In these locations, in the event of a flood, the Town will place temporary, adaptive fill to protect the community.

Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the existing floodwall along the Midland berm?
A: The Town of Drumheller is responsible for ongoing maintenance of the floodwall.

Q: Can trees and shrubs be planted on the berm?
A: No, to protect the integrity of the structure, trees and shrubs will not be planted directly on the berm. However, through the Urban Tree Strategy, we intend to restore the natural environment that surrounds the berm with native trees and shrubs planted adjacent the berm.

Q: Once the landscaping is complete in Spring 2023, who will maintain the vegetation?
A: The Town of Drumheller will be responsible for ongoing maintenance.

Q: Why were trees removed? Don’t trees help protect against erosion?
A: Yes, trees can help protect against bank erosion during high flows, but they can also threaten the safety and integrity of the berm. For example, in a flood event, trees may uproot, tip over, and cause significant damage to the berm.  Trees at the end of their life cycle can also rot, leaving voids in the berm where roots once were.

Q: Children frequent the pathways along the construction site. How will the DRFMO mitigate this safety hazard?
A: The pathways impacted by construction will be closed to the public, and the public should stay out of fenced areas for their safety.  The contractor has been advised to pay special attention during school hours at the location where their haul route crosses the open pathway along North Dinosaur Trail, to watch for children crossing on their way to school.

Q: I thought construction was scheduled to begin mid-August, why hasn’t anything happened yet?
A: Contractors began pre-construction mobilization for the Midland Berm project mid-August. During this initial phase of construction, preparations occur onsite which typically consists of moving heavy equipment, trailers, materials, and tools to the jobsite prior to the commencement of any work, along with identifying locations of utilities within the work zone. The project biologist completed the wildlife and bird sweep on August 31, and the next phase of construction, which includes demolition and removals, will begin the first full week of September, following the community walk through session

Q: When will construction be complete?
A: Construction will continue until it gets too cold to place materials, which we expect to be some time in November 2022. Final cleanup and landscaping will occur in Spring 2023.

Q: When the berms are built in various neighbourhoods, is it the Town's intention to have a drainage ditch between the properties and berms so that there is system in place for heavy rains and protection of the houses?
A: Yes. The berm designs will include the design of an overland conveyance route along the inside toe of the berms. In the case of the Midland berm, in areas where ditches don’t exist, the drainage is typically conveyed in the roadway curb and gutter.

Q: When the berms are being constructed and heavy compaction is carried out, who will be covering the damages to house foundations and cracked wallboard that may occur?
A: There will be provisions in the contract documents requiring contractors to undertake the work in a manner to mitigate impacts to adjacent structures in their use of heavy equipment. The Flood Office will undertake pre-construction inspections for the homes at most risk for damage due to vibration.

Q: In the past, mine shafts that run under the river and throughout the Drumheller valley have been inundated by flood / storm water, what is being done to protect residential properties, i.e. from underground flooding?
A: Mine shafts are outside the scope of the current flood mitigation program.

Q: What measures are in place for protection of the greenbelt, in particular, the natural native poplar trees?
A: Unfortunately, some trees will need to be removed to facilitate construction. Tree inventories and assessment are completed during design and a 5:1 tree replacement strategy is being implemented.

Q: As the current berms in Drumheller do not meet the design flood elevation of 1850 m3/s plus 0.5m freeboard, if someone intends to take out a development permit do they have to build the main floor to 1850 m3/s plus 0.5 m freeboard?
A: Residents located within the flood hazard overlay in the Land Use Bylaw must construct the first floor of their houses to the flood construction level which is the water elevation of an 1850 m3/s flow rate on the Red Deer River. Residents are not required to include a freeboard, however, building above the flood construction level increases their resilience to future flood events. The flood construction level for protected areas will be re-evaluated in the Land Use Bylaws once the berms are built.

Q: When will the Town address the conflicting information in the Municipal Development Plan with regards to building berms to 1640 m3/s plus 0.75 m freeboard and 1850 m3/s plus 0. 5 m freeboard?
A: The current Municipal Development Plan, issued in December 2020, refers to the new Provincial 100-year regulatory design flow rate of 1850m3/s.  Of the 23 times the design flow rate is mentioned, there are 2 occurrences where the old, outdated flow rate inadvertently did not get updated. The Town is aware of this and plans to update the MDP for this and a few other typographical errors in 2022.

 

“Where Would You Like To See Vegetation Planted” Survey Results

The “Where Would You Like to See Vegetation Planted” survey received 18 submissions as it pertains to the Midland berm project. The following are the survey questions and corresponding responses:

  1. Where would you like to see vegetation planted?

On both side of the new walk way

River side of dike in Midland east of 17 Street.

The green space along North Dinosaur Trail and 2 Ave NW. It would be nice for a few trees to be planted closer to the playground to offer some shade!    I know Midland Community Hall is planning a big project for an Accessible Outdoor Rink. Maybe reach out to see if trees could be planted there (they also have a large green space a nd community playground).

Midland community hall once the new outdoor rink is completed

I would like to see trees planted all along the river edge where they were removed. They create a significant amount of shade to walk through in the hot summer days.

Behind the properties backing the berm that way they can grow and provide privacy to the berm

First priority would be to plant shrubs/trees as close to the berms as allowed to make those areas wildlife friendly again.  2nd priority would be to re-tree and shrub / enhance any public parkland around the berms so they are pleasant and shady for people and for wildlife and birds to return    3rd priority would be to add trees to the local parks/ public areas  closest to the berm area where they were cut down - if those parks and public no longer have room for more vegetation then allocate those to the next level priority    4th priority would be to replace missing/sick trees in the downtown boulevards and walkways     5th priority is to add more planter boxes/ trees to the road ways (a great example was the poplars along Newcastle trail (3rd ave W) which have grown into a majestic display of greenery along the abandoned railway track and possible future walking trail)- seek out other areas  including the walking trail to the Tyrell museum and to Nacmine area  

All around town not just in dyke locations - downtown especially

Where it has the best chance of survival. Has to be accessible to whoever WE’LL be paying to look after it.

Varying heights and locations to create vistas and viewpoints

Along the dike, where trees used to live

If the dikes are going to be used as part of a walking trail, taller, shade producing trees on one side with low growing vegetation on the other side. If they are not part of a walking trail, low growing, pollinator trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers.

Along the nature trail downtown

I implore you to please spend time researching what grows in our climate and plant it in places that give it the best chance of thriving. 

Preference is given to actually replacing trees with more mature trees. Let’s not plant little trees that the wildlife are just going to destroy.

I would like to see vegetation  added in piblic areas throughout town, particularly around the spray park and, if possible, along the old railway track

Along the dry side of the berm, right now the grass is up to my chest in places and I am only 5’6. The path is above it and is a high active transportation route for visitors and residents. I would suggest planting wild flowers that require no maintenance and ones that are drought resistant. No need for mowing the berm and it helps the environment.

On both sides of the berm and Midland Hall Outdoor Rink rebuild

 

  1. Is there anything else you would like to share regarding proposed areas for vegetation?

I would like to see not only trees planted but bush as well.

I hope that there is a watering plan in place to help these trees grow.

Wild flowers and zero scrapping along the pathways this will ensure there is minimal maintenance as this area is always forgotten about for cutting and weed maintenance.

It would be nice to see a variety of trees and shrubs.

YES - it is critical that on going maintenance - watering and care be allocated the budget and priority otherwise the vegetation will not do well even if they are species selected for our climate - it takes care particularly in the first few years.    I would like to see communities enrolled into caring for the new vegetation and being stewards and monitors for the vegetation health AND a communication method in place to have residents easily alert the town to vegetation in stress and needing help. with the follow up so it gets done. 

Natural vegetation only

USE COMMON SENSE!

Please only use native species and use Alberta wildflower species

Low maintenance.

The nature trail needs to have the old trees removed

Many species cannot handle the valley heat and lack of moisture please don’t plant a bunch of thinks that will just be dead by the following spring.  Plant native species that have the best chance of survival.  Remember Drumheller is technically a desert.   Look around and see what is already thriving and do more of the same.

Please make an effort to plant appropriate native species in their appropriate habitat (Drumheller contains several mini climates. The north hill is different from the south hill and both are VERY different from the riverside areas where plants are being removed. If possible, it would wonderful to add species such as saskatoon, raspberry, golden currant, and wild rose which can be harvested by both wildlife and people to create an urban food forest.

“Midland Berm Walk Through Follow Up” Survey Results

The “Midlabd Berm Walk Through Follow Up” survey received 1 submission. The following are the survey questions and corresponding responses:

  1. What did you like/dislike about the format of the event?
    • Knowledgeable, friendly people willing to answer questions, a bit hard to hear the engineers for people like me who cannot hear very well

  2. Did you find the walk through to be informative?
    • Very much, cleared up a lot for me, the walk-about was a great idea!

  3. Do you have any input on what type of vegetation you would like to see planted, and where? (For those homeowners who would prefer to have no replacement trees and shrubs planted, please state so).
    • Poplars of any type

  1. Do you have any additional questions regarding the construction of the berm?
    • No

  2. How do you prefer to be engaged and informed on the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Project?
    • On site interactive engagement sessions (like the berm walk-through)
  1. Do you have any additional thoughts or comments?
    • No

 

HOW THE DRFMO IS RESPONDING

Community and public engagement have been a large focal point for the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) during the development and implementation of the Flood Mitigation Project. Input received from the community is thoroughly considered by the DRFMO when making decisions related to flood mitigation protection for the Town of Drumheller.

Based on the input received for the Midland Project, the DRFMO is taking the following action:

  • All input received regarding the tree and shrub replacement plan, as well as the responses to the “Where Would You Like to See Vegetation Planted” survey will be forwarded to the landscaping team at IBI. The landscape team will take into consideration all community input prior to the development of their landscape plan.
  • The DRFMO will take into consideration that the community prefers in-person, interactive engagement. We will coordinate future community engagement sessions based on this feedback.
  • A large, and very valid concern, regarding the safety of children in the construction areas has been taken very seriously by the DRFMO. All construction teams have been notified that there are bus stops in the area, and that children will be out and about. The construction teams have confirmed that they will exercise all safety protocol while on site, especially during bus pick up and drop off hours.

 

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Willow Estates "What We've Heard & How We're Responding" Report

WHAT WE'VE HEARD

 

Q&A

Q: Will there still be emergency access to the river? 

A: Yes, access to the river will remain the same with an accessible gravel road and a gate. 

 

Q: Will residents be able to access the river with canoes, kayaks, snow mobiles, etc.? 

A: River access will remain the same as it is now, with a gated, accessible gravel road. 

 

Q: How wide is the top of the berm? 

A: The top of the berm will be 4m wide. 

 

Q: How do the stormwater gates work on the berm? 

A: The stormwater outfalls will be fitted with gates to mitigate against river water moving back into the community during a high flow event through the stormwater drainage system.  Each manhole will have both a passively operated flap gate and a manually operated sluice gate, which can be closed during a flood event by Town staff. 

 

Q: Why can there be riprap for the Willow Estates Berm, but not the Downtown Berm? 

A: The Downtown berm does have riprap in some locations to protect the riverbank and adjacent berm against erosion, similar to the Willow Estates berm.  For the Downtown Berm alignment considered which keeps Riverside Drive open and does not have a retaining wall, the berm footprint extends into the river by several metres, with riprap placed on to of it, which would be a significant flow constriction and have impacts on fish habitat.  This Downtown berm option was not advanced further as Fisheries and Oceans Canada have told the Flood Office that if alternate berm alignments are available, they will not permit those with significant in-stream encroachments. 

 

Q: How far is the Willow Estates Berm ditch from resident’s backyards? 

A: Approximately 1m. 

 

Q: Given the slope of the Willow Estates Berm, who is responsible for the ongoing maintenance? 

A: The Town of Drumheller will be responsible for mowing of the berm several times a year.  The berm side slopes will be similar to a roadway ditch side slope. 

 

Q: Why can’t the Willow Estates Berm encroach into the river, leaving more space behind residents’ backyards? 

A: Encroaching into the river impacts aquatic habitat, which requires approval from Alberta Environment and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which are difficult to get approved, especially when there are other viable alternates that do not encroach into the river. 

 

Q: Now that the Willow Estates Berm will be higher than the previous berm, the public walking on the berm top will cause privacy issues for residents’ private backyards. What is being done to mitigate this? 

A: Signage will be in place, and no formal trails will be constructed on the berm crest.  If a landowner is particularly concerned about this, the DRFMO can consider tree and shrub planting to block the view of their backyard.

 

Q: How does the Willow Estates Berm drain? 

A: A ditch will be constructed in between the toe of the berm and the back of lots to collect runoff.  The ditch will convey the stormwater runoff and snow melt to stormwater catch basins at central locations, to convey the runoff to the river via pipes. 

 

Q: If we don’t want any replacement trees or shrubs planted, to ensure our river view is not obstructed, is this possible? 

A: The landscape team will work with the Flood Office team to review and consider all individual resident preferences. The team will attempt to accommodate requests to the greatest extent possible, as we work to balance the project requirements. 

 

Q: Will the construction team be on the lookout for children catching the school bus? 

A: Yes, the construction team has been notified of the bus stop locations and will act safely and diligently during school hours. 

 

Q: Who will be responsible for dust control during construction? 

A: The contractor will install tarps on the construction fencing to help mitigate against dust blowing into adjacent yards and will manage the fill placement to mitigate the drying of materials and the development of dusty conditions.  Should you have concerns about dust as the work progresses, feel free to reach out to Wilco at 403-660-6607. 

 

Q: Why can we drive on the 7th Ave portion dike in Willow Estates but not the Downtown dike?                

A: This roadway is a low-volume thoroughfare. The existing roadway modification is relatively minor in Willow Estates. Traffic safety and geometric design are not significant issues, as they are for the Downtown Dike. 

 

Q: Why doesn't the dike just run south to tie into the railway grade instead of raising 7th Ave?                         

A: The above measure was reviewed but had drawbacks. These include: (1) 7 Ave would still have to be raised on either side of the dike to allow for a gradual transition; (2) requires a larger and more complex cross drain/culvert structure to convey ditch flow across the dike; and (3) potential backup of ditch flow at cross drain/culvert would result in flooding of Willow Estates.

 

Q: Why does the dike not extend further west to protect the properties adjacent to Riverside Drive?               

A: Riverside Drive and the area to the east are higher than the elevation of the 1850 m3/s flood.

 

Q: Will raising 7th Avenue affect access to the properties in Riverside Gardens?                                          

A: No, Riverside Gardens’ roads were designed to accommodate flood mitigation elevation changes.

 

“Where Would You Like To See Vegetation Planted” Survey Results

The “Where Would You Like to See Vegetation Planted” survey received 17 submissions as it pertains to the Willow Estates berm project. The following are the survey questions and corresponding responses:

 

  1. Where would you like to see vegetation planted? 
    • Trees by the entrance to the town, the dog run area across from the high school, and along the road.
    • In the riverbank where the trees will be downed from.
    • I would like to see more vegetation along the area near the railway corridor between highway 10 and the High School.
    • Intermittently along the berm with some open areas allowing for river views.
    • Between the lots to limit the obstruction of the view. Berry bushes such as saskatoons and choke cherry further down the berm closer to the river.
    • First priority would be to plant shrubs/trees as close to the berms as allowed to make those areas wildlife friendly again. Second priority would be to re-tree and shrub any public parkland around the berms, so they are pleasant and shady for people and for wildlife and birds to return. Third priority would be to add trees to the local parks/ public areas closest to the berm area where they were cut down - if those parks and public no longer have room for more vegetation then allocate those to the next level priority. Fourth priority would be to replace missing/sick trees in the downtown boulevards and walkways. Fifth priority is to add more planter boxes/ trees to the roadways (a great example was the poplars along Newcastle trail on 3rd Avenue W) which have grown into a majestic display of greenery along the abandoned railway track and possible future walking trail. Sixth priority is to seek out other areas including the walking trail to the Tyrell museum and to the Nacmine area.
    • Where they have the best chance of survival. Has to be accessible to whomever we’ll be paying to look after them.
    • Adjacent to the berm. A riparian corridor with a small peninsula of vegetation reaching away from the berm.
    • On the Bankview Drive green space.
    • Along the riverbanks.
    • If the berm is going to be used as part of a walking trail, then taller shade-producing trees on one side with low-growing vegetation on the other side. If the berm is not part of a walking trail, low-growing, pollinator trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers.
    • Around the high school football field and the treeless green space across from the high school.
    • Back near the river and park and up by the highway where most traffic drives by. Make it nicer to look at not just road and dead grass.
    • Please spend time researching what grows in our climate and plant it in places that give it the best chance of thriving.
    • Preference is given to actually replacing trees with more mature trees. Let’s not plant little trees that the wildlife is going to destroy.
    • This area is a popular ending spot for many of those who float the river in the summer months. Would be nice to see a nice grassy treed area for people to gather. Steps up to this area (in lieu of rip rap) would enhance this exit point.

 

  1. Is there anything else you would like to share regarding proposed areas for vegetation?
    • Shrubs and elm trees that are appropriately watered.
    • I would like to see the trees planted between the houses for the birds & wildlife to seek refuge. Also, that would allow the citizens to have a view of the river.
    • If possible, I would like to see the following shrubs and trees planted in order to attract birds and wildlife: chokecherries, white willows, Russian olives, saskatoon berry, pincherry, and serviceberry.
    • We have had problems with towering poplar suckering onto our property and would not like to see them planted next to the lots. Russian olive would be a preferred choice.
    • It is critical that ongoing maintenance (watering and care) be allocated to the budget, otherwise, the vegetation will not do well even if they are species selected for our climate. It takes care, particularly in the first few years. I would like to see communities enrolled in caring for the new vegetation and being stewards and monitors for the vegetation health and a communication method in place to have residents easily alert the town to vegetation in stress and needing help.
    • Natural vegetation only.
    • Lots of wild roses, saskatoons, and black birch.
    • Please develop this area instead of leaving it as a field.
    • Removing dead trees along nature trails would be awesome as it would make for safer walks without fear of tree falling.
    • Low-maintenance trees and shrubs.
    • They should be planted along the roads once you come down and into the valley. It is our first impression, and it looks industrial and dusty rather than inviting and pretty.
    • Many species cannot handle the valley heat and lack of moisture. Please don’t plant a bunch of things that will just be dead by the following spring. Plant native species that have the best chance of survival. Remember Drumheller is technically a desert. Look around and see what is already thriving and do more of the same.

 

“Willow Estates Berm Walk Through Follow Up” Survey Results

 

The “Willow Estates Berm Walk Through Follow Up” survey received 4 submissions. The following are the survey questions and corresponding responses:

 

  1. What did you like/dislike about the format of the event?
    • I like the small group in person interaction.
    • Outdoors was nice.
    • The format was very good. You stuck to your agenda & presented the facts.
    • It was nice to walk through. It helped visualize the project.

 

  1. Did you find the walk through to be informative?
    • It answered all my remaining questions.
    • So so. We had already had 3 berm meetings at Willow Point so personally I didn’t really find anything all that much more informative. Some of the Flood Mitigation Team members were there that we had not seen & some other community members were present that were not at the other 3 meetings so that was good.
    • Yes.
    • Yes.

 

  1. Do you have any input on what type of vegetation you would like to see planted, and where? (For those homeowners who would prefer to have no replacement trees and shrubs planted, please state so).
    • I would like to add buffalo berry and wolf willow to the previous list I gave. I would like to see them planted on the river side of the berm
    • If there is to be anything planted, I would like low shrubs and no tall trees. We are already losing a lot of our river view.
    • I do like the idea of having some vegetation planted as we like to view birds & wildlife. I would like to see the vegetation planted between the houses so as to not block our view of the river. Absolutely no Cottonwood Poplars or Elm trees. Trees with berries & lilacs are nice, as well as the wild roses. Some spruce trees, Mugo Pines, and Ohio Buckeye are also favourites.
    • Anything planted should be on the riverside, but we prefer no big trees or tall shrubs. We would much prefer a clear view of the river.

 

  1. Do you have any additional questions regarding the construction of the berm?
    • Only that we be notified when the province issues the permit.
    • With the bus stop right in the middle of the construction what is going to be done to keep our kids safe? When brooks asphalt did the trail, their trucks were blocking the roads with no flag persons and I have already seen the company hired to do the berm construction speeding in this same area. There is going to be a lot of traffic due to the berm work and I am already concerned about the safety of our children.
    • No.
    • No.

 

  1. How do you prefer to be engaged and informed on the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Project?
    • Responses are in favour of in-person engagement in small groups

 

  1. Do you have any additional thoughts or comments?
    • I would like to thank those that have chosen public service. It is a difficult task that can never satisfy all involved.
    • No.
    • No.
    • No.

 

 

HOW THE DRFMO IS RESPONDING

 

Community and public engagement have been a large focal point for the Drumheller Resiliency & Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) during the development and implementation of the Flood Mitigation Project. Input received from the community is thoroughly considered by the DRFMO when making decisions related to flood mitigation protection for the Town of Drumheller.

 

Based on the input received for the Willow Estates Berm Project, the DRFMO is taking the following action:

 

  • All input received regarding the tree and shrub replacement plan, as well as the responses to the “Where Would You Like to See Vegetation Planted” survey will be forwarded to the landscape architecture team at Ground Cubed. The landscape team will take into consideration all community input prior to the revision and finalization of their landscape plan.
  • The DRFMO will take into consideration that the community prefers in-person engagement (preferably in smaller groups). We will coordinate future community engagement sessions based on this feedback.
  • A large, and very valid concern, regarding the safety of children in the construction areas has been taken very seriously by the DRFMO. All construction teams have been notified that there are bus stops in the area, and that children will be out and about. The construction teams have confirmed that they will exercise all safety protocol while on site, especially during bus pick up and drop off hours.
  • The community has expressed their concerns regarding the maintenance of the berm. Due to this, the Town is gathering data on the new berm in terms of mowing areas, lengths of pipes to be maintained, and back-flow gates to be operated and exercised and will use this information to plan the berm maintenance budgets for the coming year’s Operating Budget. It may take a few years for the Town to optimize maintenance plans, as these new assets are added to the Town’s portfolio.
  • The priority for vegetation replacement under the Flood Program is to replace trees and shrubs in the same community as where vegetation has been removed. The DRFMO will consider placement of trees in other areas, including in other public spaces, along the new CN Rail trail and adjacent streets when there is not sufficient space to plant the replacement trees and shrubs in the project areas and/or where these other public spaces make good sense for new plantings.
  • Residents of Willow Estates were concerned about the large Poplar tree on the West end of Willow Estates. Due to this, the DRFMO’s Geotechnical Engineers have had a detailed look at the tree and interaction with the berm footprint, and after careful consideration, have deemed that the tree must be removed. While the DRFMO makes every effort to avoid impacting trees, sometimes the nature of capital projects requires that some trees are removed to make space for project work. The DRFMO considered all possible ways to save the tree, including a retaining wall into the berm slide slope and bending the berm around the tree. Unfortunately, the retaining wall would need to be 1.25m tall and the roots of such a large tree within the berm slide slope would impact the integrity of the berm now, and in the future. To reduce the height of the retaining wall, the berm alignment would need to be pushed out, which is not possible as the existing pumphouse is in the way. The DRFMO is looking into ways they can repurpose the tree upon its removal, as the life and legacy of Drumheller trees are of utmost importance to both the Town of Drumheller and the DRFMO. Repurposing options considered could be tree carving, firewood made available to local residents, or wood chips which could be used by the nearby Drumheller Valley Secondary School, depending on the condition of the tree once it is down.

 

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Construction Impacts on Homes

The DRFMO heard that people were worried about how construction would impact their homes. We will be implementing a vibration monitoring program including pre-construction inspections, monitoring and adjusting during construction and completing post-construction monitoring as needed.

Riverside Drive Road Closure

The DRFMO has heard people are concerned about the Riverside Drive road closure. Based on this, we postponed construction to allow time for the design team to prepare additional designs for the Downtown Berm Phase 2, for additional public consultation and to fully consider all of the tradeoffs.

Tree Clearing

The DRFMO heard people are concerned about tree clearing. We developed an Urban Forestry Management plan and will implement a tree replacement program, planting five new trees or shrubs for every healthy tree removed during construction.

Community members and Mayor Colberg have developed a project to repurpose trees taken down during construction.

We held a tree blessing ceremony to honour the lives of the trees removed.

We made mulch freely available to the public from these trees.

We hosted an online survey to gather input on where the community would like to see replacement trees and shrubs planted.

Willow Estates

The DRFMO heard concerns about public access behind residents’ homes, so we have removed a river access staircase planned for construction at the east end of the project.

Newcastle

The DRFMO heard landowner concerns about basement seepage and stormwater drainage.  We have adjusted the berm alignment to move it further away from homes, increasing the seepage path, and have included stormwater system upgrades in the project.

Midland

The DRFMO heard concerns about stormwater ponding on the road at the west end of Midland so we have incorporated stormwater drainage improvements as part of the berm project.

Project Costs

The DRFMO heard concerns about overall program costs so we have adjusted the berm top width and reduced freeboard to save on construction costs.

Lehigh

The DRFMO heard from Lehigh residents that they didn’t want to be bought out, they wanted a berm instead. Due to this, the DRFMO commissioned a comprehensive study to look at the full range of alternates for Lehigh. The study found that buyouts remain the best flood mitigation strategy for the community.

Design Flow Rate

The DRFMO heard opposition to the design flow rate being set at 1850m3/s. This flow rate is set by the Province and not something the Town of Drumheller or Flood Office have flexibility on.

Buyout Program Offers

The DRFMO heard concerns about the buyout program offers. We researched what was done in a number of other jurisdictions, and consulted with our funding partners. Unfortunately, based on the current funding agreements with the Province and Federal government, we can only offer fair market value as determined by appraised or assessed value for land.

Project Management

Mayor and Council heard that more communications and transparency was needed for the project, so a new management team and communications team was brought in in June of 2021.