Wetland Assessment and Impact Reporting (WAIR)
Wetlands management in Alberta is complex, as these habitats fall under multiple jurisdictions and are governed by a wide range of different (and often confusing) policies and laws.
All wetlands located on private or provincially owned lands are governed under the provincial Water Act and most wetlands are also subject to the provincial wetland policy, which requires that any lost wetland habitat be replaced either through wetland habitat creation or through a payment in lieu of habitat replacement. In addition, wetlands may be subject to other provincial and municipal laws and policies.
Our wetland experts have extensive experience navigating the complex web of wetland management requirements, and can assist you in understanding what your obligations are, and how you may be able to plan your project to avoid or minimize impacts to wetlands. Where impact avoidance is not possible, our team includes Qualified Wetland Science Practitioners (QWSPs) who are able to conduct and sign-off on wetland assessments, and can help secure the required regulatory permits for your project.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you have a wetland on your property, or where the boundaries of the wetland begin and end. If you are unsure, please give us a call, we would be happy to help you.