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Shagannappi Natural Channel Reactivation

Reactivating Shaganappi Golf Course’s raw water intake following the June 2013 flood

  • Calgary, Alberta

    Calgary, Alberta

Getting irrigation back up and running in time for golf season

Due to sediment deposition during the June 2013 flood event, the City of Calgary’s existing raw water intake for the Shaganappi Golf Course was hydraulically disconnected from the Bow River channel, causing a significant reduction in pumping capacity and irrigation services. The City reached out to us to quickly design a solution to provide the golf course with water for the upcoming season.

Located in a very geomorphically-dynamic location, the existing intake collected gravel and bed materials resulting normal formation and erosion within the river. Using historic aerial image analysis, hydraulic modeling, and geomorphic analysis of the site, we designed a channel to reconnect the river to the intake area.

Clear communication, the use of only native materials, and a detailed instream workplan helped gain regulatory approvals in time for the planned construction date, prior to the golf season. We also provided tendering support, environmental services (turbidity monitoring, fish salvage, bird sweeps, and ECO Plan Preparation), and engineering quality assurance services.

Careful attention to detail and an efficient plan kept things on schedule, under budget, and allowed the course to get game ready in time for the golf season.

At a Glance

  • City of Calgary
Meet Our Team

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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Kathryn Glendinning, Senior Associate, Landscape Architecture Manager

Whether we’re improving wildlife habitats, enhancing biodiversity or recreational spaces, our job is about making spaces better.
Kathryn Glendinning Senior Associate, Landscape Architecture Manager Read More

Matt Wood, Principal

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

James Bigelow

Associate, Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer

Kathryn Glendinning

Senior Associate, Landscape Architecture Manager

Matt Wood


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