Landfill Risk Assessment Project

Prior to 1972, The City of Red Deer operated a number of small landfills throughout the city, and in many cases, the city has grown and developed around these former landfill sites. Within the last year, The City completed the first stage of a project that involved the testing of nine former landfill sites that the city owned and operated in Red Deer. This testing aimed to help The City better understand the potential impacts of former landfills on the environment and nearby properties.

Based on the results, more testing is now needed on eight of the nine sites as it was determined that one of the initial testing sites was not, in fact, a landfill. Initial test results at the other eight sites showed some landfill related impacts, but at this time, no mitigation measures are required. The second stage of testing will get underway as early as April 25 in some areas.

The City is notifying all residents who live within a set distance where potential landfill related impacts were identified during the first stage in the project.

Further soil sample and groundwater testing, which is expected to start this summer, aims to determine the following:

  • if chemicals released during break down of landfill debris are present in the groundwater
  • if any potentially harmful volatile compounds are present (soil gases)

The safety and wellbeing of citizens is The City’s first priority. If we find landfill gas or groundwater impacts in concentrations of concern, there are measures that can be put in place to manage the impacts associated with both. The City will continue to work with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Environment as we conduct this testing.

Landfill Risk Assessment Project Documents and Resources

Maps and Reports for Former Landfill Sites by Area