Learn more about the work we're doing during this project and why we need to do it.
Since 2004, the neighbourhoods of Steinhauer and Ermineskin have not experienced extensive flooding simply because the area has not had a major storm. However, the area has been identified as very vulnerable during a major storm event.
There is no stormwater management facility in either neighbourhood, and the current overland (or surface drainage system) is not effective. There are several areas in these neighbourhoods that sag where water pools. This puts the Steinhauer and Ermineskin neighbourhoods at risk of flooding during intense rainfall events.
To reduce this flood risk, we'll be constructing two dry ponds (red on map below): one in the Steinhaur School site and one in Ermineskin Park, as well as sewer upgrades located in areas of both neighbourhoods (blue on map below).
Recreation amenity replacement
Because of the required work with the dry ponds, the existing recreation amenities need to be reconfigured. So, we began a process in 2018 to gather community feedback about the recreation amenities that will be replaced in the 2 areas.
An information session was held on October 23, 2018 to discuss the project and respond to questions. Five different concept options were presented. Each attendee was asked to identify their top 3 preferences by placing coloured dots on the panels. Over 60 residents attended the information session and voted on the concept options. EPCOR incorporated this feedback, along with feedback from other stakeholders, to identify which concept to move forward with.
A community survey was released via hard copy mail-outs to all Steinhauer and Ermineskin residents in May 2019. The survey included questions on current usage and priorities for replacement recreation amenities. The survey had a strong response, with 75 replies. EPCOR incorporated this feedback, along with feedback from other stakeholders, to identify which recreation amenity option to move forward with.
The proposed recreation layout options of the impacted areas, based on the recreation amenity priorities information gathered, were presented to all Steinhauer and Ermineskin residents in a final survey in July 2019. An information session was held on July 30, 2019 to discuss the options and respond to questions. There were 254 ballots were cast by the community – received at the open house or by mail.