Media Release

Alberta Party raises alarm over Ghost Lake Reservoir level

May 22, 2014

CALGARY – The Ghost Lake Reservoir, an important part of the fight against flooding, is at historically high levels and that’s a big concern to Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. A real-time graph of the reservoir level can be found here:

“People living downstream of the Ghost Lake Reservoir have a right to an explanation why the dam has been allowed to fill well above its historical average level for this time of year,” said Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. “This dam plays a critical role in preventing the flooding we saw last year. To see the reservoir level this high at the end of May is worrisome.

“There may be a reasonable explanation for it, and if there is I want to hear it. People are worried and want to know everything is being done to prevent a repeat of last year’s flood.”

Clark called on the province to expedite negotiations with TransAlta Corp., the owners of the dam, and take action to ensure the Ghost Lake Reservoir is used as a flood-prevention tool rather than only for TransAlta’s commercial interest.

“It’s been almost one full year since the flood. There’s no excuse for not having a flood-mitigation agreement in place with TransAlta,” said Clark. “The province should look into purchasing Ghost Lake or at least taking control of Ghost Lake in the springtime to do all they can to ensure Bowness, Hillhurst, Sunnyside, Inglewood, downtown Calgary and beyond are not flooded again.

“The benefit to taxpayers is clear; the infrastructure exists, but it must be dedicated for flood mitigation.”

The Alberta Party believes upstream flood mitigation is key to preventing another disaster like we saw in the spring of 2013 and supports the proposed dry dams and diversion channels proposed for the Elbow and Highwood rivers.

“It’s an ‘all of the above’ situation,” said Clark. “The social and economic cost of the 2013 flood is still being felt.

“We have the tools to deal with flooding. Now we need the political will to implement them.”


For further information please contact:

Robbie Kreger-Smith, Communications Chair

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