Dogs in River Park, Sandy Beach, Britannia Slopes & the Elbow River
River Park and Britannia Slopes are home to two treasured off-lease areas for Calgary dog owners. The proposed “Sandy Beach/River Park/Britannia Slopes Combined Park Management Plan & Design Development Plan” (2009 draft) introduced some changes that would be welcomed by some dog owners and troubling to others.
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Watershed Planning in Calgary, Alberta
Land use and development practices are critical to watershed health. Like all rivers, the water quantity and quality in the Bow and Elbow Rivers depend on the land area within their watersheds, but the idea that managing a river really involves managing land is only now emerging as a serious practice.
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The Secret Life of Urban Rivers
We think of Calgary’s rivers as “natural” environments within our rapidly growing city. The Bow and the Elbow are the cornerstones of Calgary’s aesthetic, recreational and natural capital assets, and our rivers and river valleys have long had a high priority in the local civic agenda. The value of water in a dry land has played a fundamental role in Calgary’s history and continues to affect development patterns. But are Calgary’s rivers really “natural” in the popular sense of the word – different from “built” or human-created environments?
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Federal Legislation Says “No” To Power Boats
The imagineCALGARY Plan for Long Range Urban Sustainability sums it up well: “For thousands of years, people have met at the confluence of two vital rivers to imagine and realize their futures.” For thousands of years, the Bow and Elbow rivers endured, largely intact and with only nominal recreational activities occurring along its shores and from drift boats and canoes.
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