Stantec Consulting, which maintains an office in Red Deer, has been chosen to conduct flood mitigation studies within the Red Deer River basin.
Alberta Public Affairs named Stantec as the firm that will look for options to mitigate the impact of flooding, including the impact on water management downstream, environmental impacts, reducing risks to properties and locations, relocating utilities and other parameters.
Along with the Red Deer River study, the province is funding an additional study on the Athabasca River Basin and work is already underway on rivers in the South Saskatchewan River system, including the Bow, Oldman, Elbow, Sheep, Highwood and South Saskatchewan River basins.
The studies are to include assessments of options and recommendations for flood mitigation projects.
Headwaters of the Red Deer River have experienced severe flooding in recent years, including a flood that caused major damage at Sundre and washed over the banks and into the park system in Red Deer in June 2005.