September 9, 2013
Calgary establishes flood response panel
The City of Calgary has established a panel of experts to review flood response and mitigation measures, as well as identify ways to reduce the impact of future floods.
“The city is working hard to protect people and property from flooding in the future,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
“This process and its task forces will be an important part of that, and I thank these prominent Calgarians for stepping forward to help.”
The expert panel will examine environmental, infrastructure and policy measures to mitigate the potential damage from floods. It will be chaired by Wolf Keller, who is the city’s former director of water resources, and includes the following members:
Darrel Danyluk has worked for more than 38 years as a civil engineer.
He is chair of the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee of Engineers Canada and participates in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Roger Gibbins was the head of the political science department at the University of Calgary and served for 14 years as president and CEO of the Canada West Foundation.
Erika Hargesheimer is a former general manager of the City of Calgary’s Community Services and Protective Services Department, where she was responsible for supporting the flood response and recovery planning in 2005.
Steve Hrudey is currently professor emeritus, Analytical & Environmental Toxicology Division Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.
Now that the panel is in place, work will begin to determine how citizens will be engaged and how the panel will communicate their progress to Calgarians.
More information on this will be released in the coming weeks.
“I’m pleased to be part of The city’s initiative to mitigate its systems and reduce the impacts of future flood events,” said panel member Darrel Danyluk.
“By reaching out to the expertise in the community the city demonstrates real leadership. There is a wealth of knowledge here that we want to tap into to help come up with feasible, effective and practical solutions.
“I look forward to working with the other panel members who bring a great diversity of skills and experiences to bear on the challenges before us.”
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