Due to improved conditions on the Bow River, the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) is lifting the boating advisory issued on May 28, 2018.
The flow rate has stabilized below the 280 m3/s trigger point and river conditions have improved. At this level, people can resume normal activities on the river.
Flow levels are closely monitored by several City departments. Advisories are issued when flows exceed 280 m3/s, as these levels present 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 the Bow River and all other waterways.
As always, Calgarians are reminded to use caution and be prepared for anything on the water. All watercraft users should wear lifejackets to avoid a mandatory court appearance and fines. In addition to wearing life jackets, river users should avoid consuming alcohol and other intoxicants on Calgary’s waterways.
Harvie Passage remains closed. The province of Alberta continues to restore the passage and during this time this section of the river poses extreme risk.
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.