Alberta Wetland Policy (2013)


The Government of Alberta released the new Wetland Policy on September 11, 2013. The new policy was implemented on September 1, 2014 and Alberta ESRD will sequentially introduce directions, guides, and tools to enable White Area implementations from September – May 2014. The Implementation of the Green Area was released July 4, 2016. The goal of the new policy is to maintain wetland areas in Alberta such that the ecological, social, and economic benefits that wetlands provide are maintained, thereby helping to ensure that Albertans have healthy watersheds that provide safe and secure drinking water supplies and healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Under the new policy, Qualified Wetland Science Practitioners (QWSP’s) will take the place of Qualified Wetland Aquatic Environmental Specialists (QWAES’s). A certified QWSP will use the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET) to assign relative values to wetlands and assess and delineate wetlands according to the new Alberta Wetland Classification System. Additionally, a QWSP will be required to complete Wetland Assessment and Impact Reports (WAIR).

For more details on the Alberta Wetland Policy visit the Alberta Wetland Policy section of this website or view the policy by clicking on the picture above.