Elbow River Spawning Habitat Restoration Pilot Project

Elbow River Spawning Habitat Restoration Pilot Project

The Government of Alberta Fisheries Habitat Enhancement and Sustainability (FISHES) Program is working in collaboration with the City of Calgary in the Elbow River at Sandy Beach and below the Glenmore Dam in the coming weeks.

The focus of the pilot project is to restore fish habitat lost during the 2013 flood through the placement of suitably-sized gravels for rainbow and brown trout into the Elbow River. This work will enhance the long term sustainability, ongoing productivity and recreational opportunities provided by the world-class fishery of the Bow River.

Clean gravels will be delivered to staging areas at Glenmore Dam and Sandy Beach Park on land owned by the City of Calgary.  From the staging areas, the gravels will be carefully placed and contoured into the river. All work is planned to be completed in approximately one month and be compliant with City of Calgary standards for construction work hours.

Alberta Environment & Parks does not anticipate that green space access will be affected beyond the current impacts of machinery access and lay-down areas. Any anticipated impacts to river access by rafts will be communicated on the City of Calgary website: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/River-Access.aspx.

The following link Elbow River Spawning Habitat Restoration  documents with frequently asked questions for your information.

Questions can be channelled through AEP FISHES Program Manager, Angelique Lavigne. Phone:  403-476-4975