The Springbank Off-stream reservoir represents the Government of Alberta’s solution to mitigate severe flooding along the Elbow River, like what took place in June of 2013. Current plans call for a dry reservoir with a capacity of 70.2 million cubic metres, with an outlet structure to safely release the water back to the river when safe to do so. The reservoir will be located approximately 15 kilometres west of the City of Calgary. In October 2021 voluntary agreements were reached with landowners to secure the 3,700 acres of land needed for the project. The tendering process for construction has begun, with tenders sent to pre-qualified bidders. Construction is slated to begin in early 2022. Alberta Environment and Parks will be responsible for the operation of the project once construction is complete.