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​Metro Vancouver will be installing an interim public-facing alarm system at the Cleveland Dam and along the Capilano River. Concurrently, Metro Vancouver will launch public engagement to develop a long-term public warning system."We are committed to enhancing safety for river users and the public, and have been carefully examining solutions to determine the best path forward," said Metro Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Dobrovolny. "Installing these alarms is just the beginning. Over the coming months we will be listening to and incorporating feedback to help inform us on the development of long-term enhancements to our public warning system."Installation of six alarms along the Capilano River downstream of and at the Cleveland Dam will begin on April 26. The alarms will include audible and visible signals. Residents may see crews installing the alarms on new utility poles, however noise and traffic impacts are expected to be minimal.Once installed, the alarms will be tested to ensure efficacy. Residents may hear one or more five-minute tests per day for up to two weeks during the installation, and once per month when the interim public alarm system is in service.  Metro Vancouver will implement the public warning system in two phases:Phase 1 will include the installation of six public alarms, implementation of a text notification system, and installation of additional signage throughout the park. It will also include public engagement from May 13 to July 30 to better understand opportunities and hear how these interim measures are working so that they can be adjusted as part of the design of a long-term system.Phase 2, which will take place in early 2022, will share the recommended design for long-term public warning system enhancements for further comment from the community before the system is installed. In addition to the alarms, new public safety information signage has been installed in numerous strategic locations throughout Capilano River Regional Park."The engagement process will be comprehensive and thorough, because we know that there are many people who work and recreate along this river who have valuable input for us to consider before we implement a long-term solution," said Dobrovolny. "We are also conducting environmental and social impact assessments to ensure that we appropriately consider how the alarm system could affect nearby residents, as well as birds and other wildlife."The Cleveland Dam spillway gate will be returned to service following the implementation of the interim alarm system. The spillway gate and other aspects of the dam have undergone routine inspection and maintenance, and are ready to continue serving their critical functions in the provision of drinking water.  Anyone interested in receiving project updates, including notice when public engagement begins, is encouraged to subscribe to receive notification emails at They can also sign up to receive Cleveland Dam Notification System SMS text and email alerts which will notify subscribers when the warning system is being tested, when there is an emergency alert, or when an emergency alert has ended.More information on public safety enhancements along the Capilano River downstream of the Cleveland Dam and the public engagement process can be found at