Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy

Aquality has developed a two day in class Wetland Course, "Alberta Wetlands: From Classification to Policy", taught by Jay S. White,  Aquality’s Principal Researcher, Professional Biologists (P.Biol.) and Qualified Wetland and Aquatic Environment Specialists (QWAES). This course provides essential background information necessary for making informed decisions about wetlands.



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 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.


Aquality offers the option of a customizable in-house Wetlands Course. Ideal for large companies and organizations! For more information on this option please contact Aquality Environmental at 780.757.5530 or email at

Principal Instructor: Jay White, M.Sc, P.Biol, QWAES

Jay is the principal researcher at Aquality and has 20 years experience in wetland ecology. He is a Professional Biologist (P.Biol) and Qualified Wetland and Aquatic Environment Specialist (QWAES). He has been involved with the development of the Alberta Wetland Policy, has overviewed treatment wetland design and quantified wetland values. Jay is currently the Vice-President of the Alberta Water Council and has been involved with the Provincial Water Strategy (Water for Life) since its creation. Jay is also personally involved with several non-profit groups such as Alberta Lake Management Society, Alberta Stewardship Network, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Trout Unlimited Canada.