Over 58,000 tonnes of riprap is being produced and donated by Lafarge to help reinforce the banks of Exshaw Creek. Lafarge is also providing 3.2 hectares of land, including 1.6 hectares of privatelyowned land and 1.6 hectares of Crown land that is leased by the cement plant. The total value of the contribution to the Exshaw Creek flood mitigation project is $3.7 million.

“It’s a large amount of product for us and it’s going to take a significant amount of resources to be able to produce this amount of riprap. Fifty-eight thousand tonnes is probably about as much as we could produce in a year,” Kate Strachan told the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

The federal government is providing $1.9 million to the flood mitigation project; part of a larger plan to reduce flood risk across the province. The Government of Alberta has also committed $3.3 million. The MD of Bighorn will cover the remaining costs.

“This was a project that started off right after the flood in 2013, and it was a commitment that was made by management at the time that we would help out with the flood mitigation,” Strachan said to the Rocky Mountain Outlook. “I think it shows the MD of Bighorn and Lafarge working together to make sure we come up with the best solution for the community and for the plant.”

The MD of Bighorn announced it awarded the Exshaw Creek contract to Devcon Inc. on Tuesday, March 12. Construction began April 1, 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Photo: Excavators work on Exshaw Creek after the flooding in 2013. Courtesy: Rocky Mountain Outlook.