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September 18, 2013
Calgary repairs flood-damaged pathways
The City of Calgary is working to repair and reconnect the pathway system after it was damaged in the June 2013 flood, but some sections are not yet completed.
Since the flooding of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in June, City of Calgary Parks has repaired and reopened 57 kilometres of pathway by addressing short-term work first to get as much of the system as possible up and running.
The remaining 36 kilometres ,affecting about 25 sections of pathway, will take more time to repair due to environmental and land ownership considerations.
In some cases, where land has been washed away and river banks require reconstruction, regulatory approval from both provincial and federal governments must be obtained prior to performing work.
In addition, work in and around rivers can only be performed during “fish windows” to protect fish habitat from potential construction impacts.
Fish windows for in-stream work in the Bow and Elbow Rivers occur in April and from July to September.
Damaged pathways crossing land privately owned by a third party require the city to negotiate an agreement with the landowner prior to rebuilding the path.
At the height of the flood, 93 kilometres of pathways along the Bow and Elbow Rivers were closed due to unstable river banks or pathway erosion.
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