Decontamination Protocol for Industrial and Construction Operations

In response to the confirmed presence of whirling disease in multiple watersheds in our province, the Government of Alberta Decontamination Protocol became policy in August 2017. The Decontamination Protocol is a management strategy the Government of Alberta is implementing to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species and fish diseases. Decontamination of all equipment and gear is important to avoid detrimental impacts on aquatic environments that could result through spread of these harmful invasive species.

Alberta Environment and Parks is expanding the Decontamination Protocols to include industrial operations working in or near water in Alberta. A new section, “Decontamination Instructions for Industrial and Construction Operations” would provide users with detailed instructions on how to meet the intent of the Protocol and a “Decontamination Record” would be used as a template to document and track decontamination efforts. Once approved, the revised Decontamination Protocols would become a condition of license for all work completed in or near water under a Water Act, Public Lands or Alberta Energy Regulator approval as well as Government of Alberta contracts.

Through this on-line survey, we are looking for your input on the proposed additions of the “Decontamination Instructions for Industrial and Construction Operations” and the “Decontamination Record”. Alberta Environment and Parks wants to ensure that the industrial instructions proposed are feasible from an industry perspective, while ensuring the necessary protection to reduce the risk of transferring whirling disease and/or other aquatic invasive species.

More background on the existing Decontamination Protocols and the existing Alberta Environment and Parks “Stop the Spread” program can be found at: www.alberta.ca/stop-whirling-disease.aspx.

In response to the confirmed presence of whirling disease in multiple watersheds in our province, the Government of Alberta Decontamination Protocol became policy in August 2017. The Decontamination Protocol is a management strategy the Government of Alberta is implementing to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species and fish diseases. Decontamination of all equipment and gear is important to avoid detrimental impacts on aquatic environments that could result through spread of these harmful invasive species.

Alberta Environment and Parks is expanding the Decontamination Protocols to include industrial operations working in or near water in Alberta. A new section, “Decontamination Instructions for Industrial and Construction Operations” would provide users with detailed instructions on how to meet the intent of the Protocol and a “Decontamination Record” would be used as a template to document and track decontamination efforts. Once approved, the revised Decontamination Protocols would become a condition of license for all work completed in or near water under a Water Act, Public Lands or Alberta Energy Regulator approval as well as Government of Alberta contracts.

Through this on-line survey, we are looking for your input on the proposed additions of the “Decontamination Instructions for Industrial and Construction Operations” and the “Decontamination Record”. Alberta Environment and Parks wants to ensure that the industrial instructions proposed are feasible from an industry perspective, while ensuring the necessary protection to reduce the risk of transferring whirling disease and/or other aquatic invasive species.

More background on the existing Decontamination Protocols and the existing Alberta Environment and Parks “Stop the Spread” program can be found at: www.alberta.ca/stop-whirling-disease.aspx.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please provide your feedback on the proposed Decontamination Instructions for Industrial and Construction Operations and the Decontamination Record through the following survey.

    The survey closes December 7th at 4:30pm.


    Please provide your feedback on the proposed Decontamination Instructions for Industrial and Construction Operations and the Decontamination Record through the following survey.

    The survey closes December 7th at 4:30pm.


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