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Alberta and federal governments put $100,000 towards dam safety review

Alberta and federal governments put $100,000 towards dam safety review

EDMONTON — The governments of Canada and Alberta are helping the province’s Eastern Irrigation District with up to $100,000 in funding for a dam safety review.

Working through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s Emergency Preparedness Program, the governments will provide the district with information on how to improve safety and reduce the risk of dam failure.

“Irrigation creates tremendous economic opportunities in southern Alberta. Funding through the partnership will allow the district to have an engineering inspection done to assess the condition of a major canal. This information will provide a better understanding of the risks of a canal failure and the potential impacts to downstream residents and businesses. Alberta’s government is making strategic investments to build and strengthen our economy,” said Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen in a statement.

“Farmers in the Prairies always stand to benefit when governments come together to get behind some really important water infrastructure projects. This collaborative investment will help ensure that our farmers and ranchers in the Eastern Irrigation District continue to have access to the water they need to keep putting their good, high-quality food on the tables of Canadians,” added federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments aimed at strengthening the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sectors, an Alberta government release stated.

In Alberta, the partnership has committed a federal-provincial investment of up to $406 million over five years for programs and services aligned to federal objectives while also tailored to provincial priorities.

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