About dam safety

Dams in Alberta are built, maintained, operated and decommissioned in a safe manner that is aligned with provincial, national and international guidelines and best practices.

Alberta Environment and Parks provides regulatory oversight to ensure dam owners take active responsibility for the integrity and safe operations of their dams through the Alberta Water Act, Part 6 of the Water (Ministerial) Regulation – Dam and Canal Safety and the Alberta Dam and Canal Safety Directive.

The Dam Safety Regulatory System ensures dam owners comply with the legislation with the following compliance assurance objectives:

  • education
  • prevention
  • enforcement

To learn more about dam safety, see: Dam and canal safety regulatory system.

Legislative documents that provide mandate

Dam Safety is directed under the Water Act and Water (Ministerial) Regulation, which are the primary statutes that promote conservation and management of water including its allocation and use.

For more information, see: Dam and canal safety regulatory framework.


Connect with the 24-Hour Response Line to report an environmental emergency or complaint:

Toll free: 1-800-222-6514

Connect with the Dam Safety Office if you have questions about dam safety:

Phone: 780-422-1355
Email: [email protected]

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