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Consultant chosen for Eyremore Dam study

Posted on April 4, 2024 by Ryan Dahlman

Southern Alberta Newspapers

Alberta’s government has chosen Hatch Ltd. to study the feasibility of a new water reservoir in southeastern Alberta.

Reservoirs play a vital role in irrigation, drought management, water security and flood protection.

To help ensure all Albertans have a safe, reliable water supply, Hatch Ltd. will prepare a report on the feasibility of building the Eyremore Dam on the Bow River.

“We are taking a whole-government approach to managing and maintaining provincial water management infrastructure systems to make sure Albertans have access to the water they need when they need it,” said RJ Sigurdson, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, in a statement. “We are committed to examining whether the Eyremore Dam can be built and operated for a cost that provides true value to Albertans.”

Budget 2023 earmarked $5 million to assess the feasibility of construction of the Eyremore Dam and Reservoir on the Bow River. The project would be potentially located about 43 km downstream of the Bassano Dam, east of Brooks and Lake Newell. Hatch will begin the study immediately. The report is due in spring 2025.

“It is exciting to see this study begin. Right now, we’re limited in our collective ability to manage water effectively and this study will examine how the proposed reservoir can correct that,” said Richard Phillips, general manager, Bow River Irrigation District, in a statement. “A new multi-purpose reservoir at this location would revolutionize water management in the South Saskatchewan River Basin.”

Hatch Ltd. is a Canadian multi-disciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including engineering, consulting, information technology, process development, and project and construction management to the energy, mining and metal, and infrastructure sectors.

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