The City has placed a boating advisory on the Bow and Elbow Rivers

Jun 20 2019, 5:39 pm

While the first day of summer may be right around the corner, you may want to think twice before heading out for a day on the river.

According to a release from the Calgary Fire Department, Calgarians are being advised against boating, or any other use of watercraft, on either the Elbow or Bow Rivers until further notice.

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The boating advisory was sent out on Thursday, June 20, and states that the rivers are running higher than usual.

“The expected flow rates will be higher than we’ve seen all year,” said Carol Henke, Public Information Officer with the Calgary Fire Department, in the release.

“Runoff from rainfall and melting snow in the mountains is causing cold water temperatures, increased floating debris and high turbidity in both rivers, which makes for very poor visibility and dangerous conditions.”

Calgarians are urged to stay off the city’s two rivers “until conditions return to normal.”

The City has also issued the following recommendations on keeping safe around the rivers when they’re running high:

  • Exercise caution around river banks as the fast-moving water can cause erosion and destabilization of river banks.
  • Warn their children about the dangers of fast-moving water, particularly those residents who live near the rivers.
  • Keep pets away from fast moving water.
  • Remove lawn furniture and other portable items off the river bank.

Calgarians can check out the City of Calgary’s website to learn more about river safety, and they can monitor the flow levels of the two rivers (and others) at the Alberta Environment and Parks website.

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