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Quarry Park Fish Habitat Compensation Program

Preparing to restore a lost fish habitat

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  • Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, Alberta

Creating natural solutions that align with the surrounding environment

During the emergency response following the June 2013 flood, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) issued Fisheries Act authorizations to The City of Calgary (the City) with the provision that habitat loss would be compensated. The City identified several concepts to replace the lost fish habitat along the Bow River, ultimately selecting the one kilometer-long Quarry Park side channel—we were there to help bring it to life.

Our project team of aquatic biologists, geomorphologists, structural engineers, wildlife specialists, landscape architects, and river engineers, was selected to work with the City. They delivered geomorphic assessments, a biophysical impact assessment, one-dimensional and two-dimensional hydraulic modelling, preliminary and detailed designs, and the tender package. Maximizing the aquatic and riparian value of the site, we developed solutions in alignment with natural conditions, engineered large woody debris habitat features, vegetated islands, ephemeral channels, and diverse microhabitats including wetlands, terraces, and overflow routes.

The DFO approved 85,000 wetted habitat units—1.5 times than expected. This allowed for increased breeding and ultimately restored an abundance of fish to the Bow River after the flooding event.

At a Glance

  • City of Calgary
Meet Our Team

Matt Wood, Principal

I help build flood resilient communities by restoring rivers and riparian areas, designing riverine infrastructure, and flood mitigations.

Kathryn Glendinning, Senior Landscape Architect

Whether we’re improving wildlife habitats, enhancing biodiversity or recreational spaces, our job is about making spaces better.
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Carly Silver, Environmental Director, HSSE

We want to do what’s right for the environment—working as a team, we can find ways to minimize impacts and improve environmental outcomes.

Kate Peach, Principal, Senior Archaeologist

Responsible management of heritage and cultural resources is a vital component of healthy societies and sustainable development.
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James Bigelow, Associate, Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer

As people, we are naturally connected to water—it’s our duty to design with both the natural habitat and community resiliency in mind.
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Lacey AuCoin, Senior Associate, Environmental Planner

I work closely with clients and regulators to integrate the environmental mitigation strategies that meet project objectives.
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Matt Wood


Kathryn Glendinning

Senior Landscape Architect

Carly Silver

Environmental Director, HSSE

Kate Peach

Principal, Senior Archaeologist

James Bigelow

Associate, Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer

Lacey AuCoin

Senior Associate, Environmental Planner

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