Alberta Wetland Policy Implementation

Update – July 4, 2016

The Alberta Wetland Policy is in effect province-wide, including Alberta’s Green Area (boreal forest and eastern slopes), on July 4, 2016. Regulatory bodies and regulatory applicants are expected to operate in accordance with all wetland directives, guides and tools posted on this website and currently applied in the White Area.

  • Clear articulation of the Wetland Mitigation Hierarchy

    As of July 4, 2016, regulatory applicants operating in the Green Area will be expected to demonstrate appropriate consideration for avoidance and minimization of wetland impacts, in accordance with the Wetland Mitigation Directive.

  • Wetland replacement requirements

    Where an authorized activity results in the permanent loss of wetland area from the landscape, wetland replacement obligations are enacted.

    Where an authorized activity does not result in the permanent loss of wetland area (through avoidance or minimization of wetland impacts, or due to an explicit requirement/commitment to reclaim all impacted wetland back to wetland), the applicant will not be subject to wetland replacement requirements.

Read more HERE.

Should you require additional information, please contact Thorsten Hebben, Director of Surface Water Policy, HERE.