What we heard
To date, we have had many conversations about the project and have compiled and assessed all of the information we have received. This feedback has been used in combination with engineering studies and other information to determine options for the flood barriers that reflect community priorities while being mindful of costs.
A variety of topics, concerns and questions were brought up during our conversations about the project. The majority of participants told us that they are attracted to the river valley for various recreational uses including biking, walking, running, and enjoying the natural state of the area.
During our first phase of engagement, we heard from participants that there are a number of considerations that we should include when designing how these necessary flood barriers will look and be experienced by those using the areas around the two water treatment plants.
Participants mentioned that the natural state of the area is important, and the loss of vegetation should be mitigated. EPCOR also prioritizes this and will work to keep the area around the barriers natural and reduce the impacts to existing plants and trees.
Other general design consideration categories that we heard include: