Surface Water Allocation Directive

Alberta’s rivers and lakes support important environmental, recreational, cultural, aesthetic and economic values. The Water for Life strategy strives to provide:

  • Healthy aquatic ecosystems
  • Reliable quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
  • Safe, secure drinking water.

In order to address all three goals of the Water for Life strategy, a new directive for surface water allocations has been developed. Water allocation is the process of licensing water supplies for diversion and use from our rivers and lakes in the province. The Surface Water Allocation Directive (‘The Directive’) provides consistent decision guidance informed by science to attempt to balance both ecological needs and economic considerations where planning has not established specific water management objectives.

The Directive criteria maintains natural hydrologic variability while taking a cumulative water allocation management approach to minimize changes to aquatic habitats, protecting critical fish and wildlife habitat.

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to inform key stakeholders of the new desktop method for approving water allocation licences. Please review the policy and supporting documents, and provide comments through the survey. If you still have a question on the policy, view the FAQs or use the Question and Answer section (see the Q&A tab below) to connect with an expert. The Directive will be reviewed based on the feedback provided through this survey, prior to seeking approval for implementation. Should you have any concerns, please contact:

Lauren Makowecki, Provincial Environmental Flows Biologist
Fish and Wildlife Habitat Policy
Email: lauren.makowecki@gov.ab.ca

Privacy Statement

Thank you for providing your input. Personal information you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Any personal comments/opinions you provide will be used by AEP for the Surface Water Allocation Directive. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose by AEP without your consent or unless required to do so by law.

Alberta’s rivers and lakes support important environmental, recreational, cultural, aesthetic and economic values. The Water for Life strategy strives to provide:

  • Healthy aquatic ecosystems
  • Reliable quality water supplies for a sustainable economy
  • Safe, secure drinking water.

In order to address all three goals of the Water for Life strategy, a new directive for surface water allocations has been developed. Water allocation is the process of licensing water supplies for diversion and use from our rivers and lakes in the province. The Surface Water Allocation Directive (‘The Directive’) provides consistent decision guidance informed by science to attempt to balance both ecological needs and economic considerations where planning has not established specific water management objectives.

The Directive criteria maintains natural hydrologic variability while taking a cumulative water allocation management approach to minimize changes to aquatic habitats, protecting critical fish and wildlife habitat.

Alberta Environment and Parks would like to inform key stakeholders of the new desktop method for approving water allocation licences. Please review the policy and supporting documents, and provide comments through the survey. If you still have a question on the policy, view the FAQs or use the Question and Answer section (see the Q&A tab below) to connect with an expert. The Directive will be reviewed based on the feedback provided through this survey, prior to seeking approval for implementation. Should you have any concerns, please contact:

Lauren Makowecki, Provincial Environmental Flows Biologist
Fish and Wildlife Habitat Policy
Email: lauren.makowecki@gov.ab.ca

Privacy Statement

Thank you for providing your input. Personal information you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Any personal comments/opinions you provide will be used by AEP for the Surface Water Allocation Directive. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose by AEP without your consent or unless required to do so by law.

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