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Alberta adds $50 million to water management infrastructure funding

Alberta adds $50 million to water management infrastructure funding

EDMONTON – The Government of Alberta’s 2024 budget is adding $50 million over three years to the province’s Water Management Program.

The provincial government is adding the money to $140 million of existing funding.

Projects affected by the funding include the Dickson Dam Spillway Enhancement project, which will boost the capacity of the operating and auxiliary spillways for the dam allowing more water to be safely discharged out of the Gleniffer Reservoir during floods, a release said.

“The Dickson Dam is critically important to support better flood mitigation and adequate water supply for the region while also serving as a beautiful tourist attraction and source of hydroelectric power along the Red Deer River,” said Alberta Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devi Dreeshen in a statement.

Phase 2 of the Dickson Dam Spillway Enhancement Project, scheduled to begin this year, will see construction crews modify and upgrade the auxiliary spillway – increasing its capacity to 4,900 cubic metres per second from 2,800 cubic metres per second – and make dam and dike upgrades.

Phase 1 of the project, completed in October 2023, included making modifications to the existing service spillway to increase its capacity to 3,500 cubic metres from 2,500 cubic metres. 

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