Wapiti River Water Management Plan

Please note that the Indigenous and public open house on March 19, 2020
in Grande Prairie has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

If you have any questions regarding the draft plan,
please contact Lauren.Makowecki@gov.ab.ca 780-427-7793.


The Wapiti River basin lies within the Peace River watershed. Of all the basins in the Peace River watershed, the Wapiti basin has the highest concentration and diversity of water withdrawals and wastewater discharge. Communities in the Wapiti River basin had expressed concerns about water use from the river, particularly about diversions during winter low-flow periods and the potential negative impacts to the aquatic environment.

In response, a steering committee of local stakeholders was formed, including:

  • Aquatera Utilities Inc
  • City of Grande Prairie
  • Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance
  • Weyerhauser Company Ltd
  • International Paper Company
  • ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd./Cenovus Energy Inc
  • Seven Generations Energy
  • County of Grande Prairie
  • Municipal District of Greenview
  • Town of Beaverlodge
  • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • Fisheries Management, Alberta Environment and Parks

The steering committee has engaged with the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations, which led to the creation of the draft Wapiti River Water Management Plan. The plan provides guidance and recommendations on balancing the needs of municipal water supply, industry uses, agriculture and other uses, while ensuring a healthy aquatic ecosystem in the Alberta portion of the Wapiti River basin.

This draft plan is now in the final phase of public and Indigenous engagement.

Following this final phase of engagement, a final plan will be provided as a recommendation to Alberta Environment and Parks and, if adopted, will form policy for water licensing in the Wapiti River basin.

While final engagement is ongoing, please note that Alberta Environment and Parks continues to ensure that prospective licensees and water licence applicants are proactively designing their plans with due consideration given to the Wapiti River Water Management Plan objectives. Water licence applicants within the basin are expected to make adjustments to their applications where necessary to meet the plan's water diversion limits.

Alberta Environment and Parks, on behalf of the Wapiti River Water Management Plan Steering Committee, are currently seeking your feedback on the draft Wapiti River Water Management Plan. You will find the draft plan and summary documents in the Document Library on the right. We kindly ask you to review these documents take the short survey below.


Please note that the Indigenous and public open house on March 19, 2020
in Grande Prairie has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

If you have any questions regarding the draft plan,
please contact Lauren.Makowecki@gov.ab.ca 780-427-7793.


The Wapiti River basin lies within the Peace River watershed. Of all the basins in the Peace River watershed, the Wapiti basin has the highest concentration and diversity of water withdrawals and wastewater discharge. Communities in the Wapiti River basin had expressed concerns about water use from the river, particularly about diversions during winter low-flow periods and the potential negative impacts to the aquatic environment.

In response, a steering committee of local stakeholders was formed, including:

  • Aquatera Utilities Inc
  • City of Grande Prairie
  • Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance
  • Weyerhauser Company Ltd
  • International Paper Company
  • ConocoPhillips Canada Ltd./Cenovus Energy Inc
  • Seven Generations Energy
  • County of Grande Prairie
  • Municipal District of Greenview
  • Town of Beaverlodge
  • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • Fisheries Management, Alberta Environment and Parks

The steering committee has engaged with the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations, which led to the creation of the draft Wapiti River Water Management Plan. The plan provides guidance and recommendations on balancing the needs of municipal water supply, industry uses, agriculture and other uses, while ensuring a healthy aquatic ecosystem in the Alberta portion of the Wapiti River basin.

This draft plan is now in the final phase of public and Indigenous engagement.

Following this final phase of engagement, a final plan will be provided as a recommendation to Alberta Environment and Parks and, if adopted, will form policy for water licensing in the Wapiti River basin.

While final engagement is ongoing, please note that Alberta Environment and Parks continues to ensure that prospective licensees and water licence applicants are proactively designing their plans with due consideration given to the Wapiti River Water Management Plan objectives. Water licence applicants within the basin are expected to make adjustments to their applications where necessary to meet the plan's water diversion limits.

Alberta Environment and Parks, on behalf of the Wapiti River Water Management Plan Steering Committee, are currently seeking your feedback on the draft Wapiti River Water Management Plan. You will find the draft plan and summary documents in the Document Library on the right. We kindly ask you to review these documents take the short survey below.


  • Please take a moment to review the documents in the document library and provide your feedback in the survey.  


    Any personal information you provide in responding in this online submission regarding the Wapiti River Water Management Plan is collected under the authorization of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and 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 to help inform the Wapiti River Water Management Plan. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose by

    Please take a moment to review the documents in the document library and provide your feedback in the survey.  


    Any personal information you provide in responding in this online submission regarding the Wapiti River Water Management Plan is collected under the authorization of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and 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 to help inform the Wapiti River Water Management Plan. 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. Should you wish to have your personal information removed or corrected, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Assistant Director, Planning Branch at 780-644-8733.

     

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