High Plains Industrial Park, Calgary NE

2012 - Present

The High Plains Industrial Park (HPIP) development is supported by a stormwater management approach that embraces self‐sustaining aspects of developing drainage areas.

Westhoff Engineering Resources, Inc. developed a stormwater Management Plan for the entire 6 quarter sections within HPIP. Situated in an internal catchment of the Nose Creek watershed, the Plan challenge was to balance stormwater volumes from a highly impervious area, generating a significant amount of runoff. Westhoff developed the Westhoff Water Balance Model to manage the runoff and use hereof breaking grounds with Alberta Environment and Parks to consider this a pilot project for a new Use of Stormwater Policy under the current Water Act.

The Park is facilitated with a weather station to record precipitation, temperature, wind speed, humidity, evaporation; and data acquisition systems for monitoring water levels at pond and groundwater levels at 7 observation wells. Water meters are installed at industrial users and the irrigation pump station to record daily uses of stormwater. All data is collected and relayed to the Westhoff office using the ADCON telemetry system. The HPIP production levels of treated stormwater are estimated at 5200 m3/day, sustained at full built out of the Park.

Westhoff in collaboration with Olds College designed four cascading wetlands which were completed in 2015. Current research is focused on improving water quality of slightly saline runoff collected in the stormwater storage facilities.

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet”.
— Bob Marley