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Thank you to everyone who h​​as provided feedback to-date

This is a collaborative effort and we appreciate your insight and input. The feedback you've provided to-date has helped us understand how the space around the Rossdale and E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant is used and valued by community members. We used your input to refine our early project designs and develop the options included online. We are looking forward to continuing these conversations over the coming months as we work together to further improve our designs and select options that reflect the needs of your community.​

 What we've been doing

In early October, we wrapped up the first phase of community engagement for this project. We heard from participants through a variety of formats, including collaborative online workshops, surveys, emails, one-on-one conversations and social media. During these conversations, we asked participants how they use and value the areas where permanent flood barriers are needed around the plant and how we can ensure the project design aligns with community priorities.

We held two online workshops to discuss the early design concepts in June 2021, followed by a series of online drop-in question and answer sessions throughout the summer. We also connected with individual community members through email, phone and social media. These conversations provided participants with opportunities to learn about why this work is needed and provide feedback about how they want to experience the flood barriers.

It is important to EPCOR that we seek out, hear and include the perspectives of Indigenous Nations and communities with an interest in these lands. In addition to the public engagement sessions, we held two online workshops with Indigenous community members who taught us about the historical and cultural importance of this area.​​​

Who we've talked to

Over the past seven months, we've talked to a number of community members about how they use the space around the Rossdale and E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant – and what we should consider as we plan how the flood barriers will look and be experienced by those who live, work and recreate in the areas around the facility. We've heard from:

  • Property owners
  • Residents
  • Indigenous Nations and communities
  • Members of the public
  • Community leagues
  • Elected officials
  • Government agencies
  • EPCOR employees
  • Other interested parties

We've also been coordinating our planning and design efforts with other projects underway in the area including the City of Edmonton's Ribbon of Green project team. The input we've received to date has been used to inform our project design and will continue to be used as we move forward.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the engagement activities we've held since May.​​

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:​​

Education and history

Add interactive features or educational signage that could inform people on the site history, Indigenous connections to the area or what the water treatment plant does.​


Adorn the area with local or Indigenous art, murals or sculptures. The public art could be interactive in nature or highlight the community’s character.​

Community space​

Enhance the area near the flood barriers by creating flexible or welcoming spaces. These spaces could also enhance recreational use of the area.​

​We know that installing permanent flood barriers around both water treatment plants will have impacts on many different people. We are committed to working with the community to ensure that the flood barriers align with local priorities.​​

What we did

We compiled and assessed all of the perspectives, suggestions and comments received over the past seven months. We combined this information with the technical requirements of protecting the Rossdale and E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant to refine our early design concepts and develop a number of viable options for the sites. We have included more information about these options on the Rossdale and E.L. Smith​ flood barrier pages.​​

Read the full What We Hea​rd report​



Now is the time to get involved!
Read through the flood protection plan website, and then share your feedback through our engagement opportunities.​

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