Didsbury North Industrial Stormwater Wetland
This project followed an earlier Infrastructure Study for the Town of Didsbury, completed by ISL in 2006, and their recent adoption of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP).
The project included the construction of a three-hectare stormwater treatment wetland and associated stormwater conveyance upgrades, and also resulted in Didsbury’s largest park and its longest contiguous paved pathway. This unique public amenity consists of a naturalized park, a wetland, 1500 metres of new pathways (doubling the Town's existing paved pathway system), boardwalks and wildlife viewing platforms for passive recreation and education opportunities.
Sustainable design needed to be demonstrated in relation to the Town’s ICSP, therefore the Stormwater Management Facility (SWMF) design was selected and the final project was enhanced using an advanced sustainability filter.
The park’s vegetation was selected for its biodiversity, survivability and ability to attract a wide range of native water fowl, amphibians and insects.
This project won a 2012 Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Award of Merit for Sustainable Design
"The Didsbury North Industrial Stormwater Wetland showcases how sustainable design can be effectively applied in communities across Alberta, regardless of the size of the project or community."
—CEA Showcase Award judge’s comment
(Alberta Innovators magazine, spring 2012)