The City of Calgary lifts boating advisory for the Bow and Elbow Rivers on Thursday, June 23, 2022
Due to improved conditions on the rivers, the boating advisories issued on earlier this month are being lifted as of today, Thursday, June 23nd.
The flow rates on the rivers have decreased and river conditions have improved, however there is still reduced visibility (turbidity) and the water temperature remains cold. At these levels, people can resume normal activities on the river but are encouraged to use caution.
Flow levels are closely monitored by several City departments. Advisories are issued when flows exceed levels which present increased challenges for river users. During the spring/summer runoff season, melting snow and floating debris can create dangerous conditions for people on the river, prompting these types of advisories.
A lifted advisory does not remove the need for caution on Calgary’s waterways. Conditions are unpredictable this time of year and can change without warning, such as when we experience sudden thunderstorms that result in rapid, short duration increases in flow.
In addition to the lifting of the river boating advisories, citizens should also know that the Glenmore Reservoir has also re-opened for boating activities.
As always, Calgarians are reminded to use caution and be prepared for anything on the water. All watercraft users must wear lifejackets, ensure they have the required equipment for boating, and must avoid consuming alcohol and other intoxicants on Calgary’s waterways.
The City of Calgary encourages all water users to familiarize themselves with safety practice bylaws and safety alerts on calgary.ca/watersafety . Learn more about river flow rates – what is normal, and when flooding begins, on The City’s River Flow Rates webpage. Current flow rates can be found at rivers.alberta.ca.
There are no current advisories on flood activity related to The City of Calgary. However, flooding can occur at any time, and the period between May 15 and July 15 is when The City is most likely to experience flooding.
Calgarians can check calgary.ca/floodinfo to understand their flood risk, and find more information on how to be prepared for flood season.