Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy

Aquality has developed a two day in class Wetland Course taught by Jay S. White, P. Biol., our Principal Researcher and Authenticating Professional (AP). This course provides essential background information necessary for making informed decisions about wetlands. It will be delivered June 4 and 5 2019 in Edmonton, AB

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Day 1 - Wetland Theory, Classification, and Functions

This module is the quintessential primer of wetland ecology with emphasis on classification systems and how they are applied to wetlands in Alberta. The ecosystem functions of wetlands and riparian areas are addressed including flood attenuation, water quality and quantity, climate impacts, biodiversity, and stormwater management. 

Day 2 - Policies Affecting Wetlands in Alberta

This module will address federal, provincial and municipal policies affecting wetlands in Alberta, particularly the new Alberta Wetland Policy (released September 11, 2013). Regulations, Legislation, and Codes of Practice will also be reviewed at a provincial scale. Wetland Avoidance, Mitigation, Compensation/Replacement guidelines, and economic valuation of wetlands will also be covered.

Aquality's Wetlands Course has received ASPB's Peggy Thompson Publication Award.

These courses are recognized by RAMSAR. Aquality also offers a wetland plant identification manual titled "Common Mineral Wetland Plants of Alberta." While not required for the course, it is recommended as supplementary material. If you would like a copy of the manual you can select it as an option upon registration.


“The personal involvement and passion about this subject helped to hit home and really “sell” the need for proper understanding around the function and importance of each kind of wetland.” - TERA Environmental Consultants

"Energetic and very knowledgeable presenter! This is definitely a niche topic, it was good to get insight & clarity, especially on policy.” - Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

“Great job! Very educational. It was very interesting to learn about Alberta’s Leg/Reg/Acts… I can take this information and relate it to my own area. Thank you!”– 2012 CWRA Conference Workshop

“Excellent overall, detailed information; far more comprehensive than available from any singular source. Particularly liked the case study examples.” – ATCO Gas

“I know many other folks in government and crowns that would benefit from this course. Keep up the good work!”– Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

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