Stormwater retention to increase

The announcement Friday of the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) grant recipients means Coaldale will see it stormwater retention capacity increase.

Funding was announced by the province for $5.4 Million to support the Phase II(a) of the Malloy Drain Implementation Project.

The project includes construction of two major holding ponds including a dry holding pond on the south side of Highway 3 which will be channeled to a wet holding pond and wetlands expansion complex near the existing holding ponds near Garden Grove and the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in the Northwest corner of Coaldale.

Not only will the project enable Coaldale to address an immediate flood risk and capital priority, it will also help kick-start a far-reaching ecological master plan.

At the end of the day the project is as much about risk reduction as it is about resiliency and water conservation. The focus is on seeking storm water solutions that also protect against drought situations.

Overall the project has many positive benefits for the Malloy Basin overall and the collaborative partnerships between the Town of Coaldale, Lethbridge County, St. Mary River Irrigation District and the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation.