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BRBC Science Webinar Series -May 25th-Session 4

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BRBC Science Webinar Session 4

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Due to current restrictions with in-person events, the BRBC has decided to forego the typical annual Science Forum format in 2021 and instead offer a series of monthly webinar sessions to keep our community informed of the latest research ongoing within the Bow Basin. Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month from February to May, 9:30-11:30am for the BRBC Science Webinar Series!

Tuesday, May 25 (9:30-11:30am):

⮚ Long-term monitoring to improve the practice of soil bioengineering in Calgary

Presented by: Mike Gallant, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

⮚ Effectively implementing water and resource recovery using the WRR Roadmap

Presented by: Jacqueline Noga, University of Alberta

⮚ Flooding, climate change, and the need for a precautionary approach: a case study for Redwood Meadows, AB

Presented by: Jon Fennell, SAIT

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Long-term monitoring to improve the practice of soil bioengineering in Calgary

The use of soil bioengineering techniques has been shown to increase riverbank resilience against climate change in comparison to conventional techniques. Since 2005, over 65 soil bioengineering projects have been designed, are currently under construction or constructed in Calgary, with the majority implemented after the 2013 flood. The City of Calgary developed the Riparian Monitoring Program (RMP) in 2017 to document the successes and failures of techniques and plant materials used in a selected number of soil bioengineering projects in Calgary to understand the effectiveness of bioengineering techniques and improve overall project outcomes. This presentation will summarize the results from the 2018 and 2019 RMP field assessments of over 40 soil bioengineering sites in Calgary.

Effectively implementing water and resource recovery using the WRR Roadmap

Climate change has reached Canadians in a real way, and in particular is challenging Southern Alberta with increasing water scarcity. Water and resource recovery (WRR) - the recovery of water and other valuable resources from rainwater, stormwater, blackwater, and greywater - offers an opportunity to improve the current situation and prepare for an uncertain future. To support efforts to navigate the social – scientific interface in WRR, the recently published WRR Roadmap (Community Water and Resource Recovery Implementation Roadmap) provides guidance on social engagement. This presentation will include an overview of the WRR Roadmap and discussion about the implications and opportunities for WRR in Southern Alberta.

Flooding, climate change, and the need for a precautionary approach: a case study for Redwood Meadows, AB

As our climate changes in response to a warming world, the water balances in our basins here in western Canada are similarly shifting to accommodate a “new normal”. Shorter winters, earlier snowmelts, and increased rain-on-snow events is affecting the timing and magnitude of river flows to the point where the current paradigm of flood forecasting is being challenged. The floods of 2005 and 2013 in the Bow Basin were wake-up calls regarding how changing climatic conditions are affecting our basin, and the associated risk to those located in floodplain environments. Although some may still debate the degree of influence associated with climate change, a precautionary principle needs to prevail in order to manage the future unknowns related to our shifting hydroclimate.

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