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New Water Act licence applications in the Digital Regulatory Assurance System
Effective November 15, 2021, applications for Water Act licences for surface water and groundwater must be submitted through the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS).
Temporary diversion licences (TDLs) will continue to be submitted through WATERS and will be included in DRAS at a later date.
Water Act licence and approval applications, amendment applications and Code of Practice notices must be submitted through DRAS.
On June 21, 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks took a significant step towards streamlining its regulatory system with the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS).
DRAS will make reviewing applications more transparent and efficient – all while maintaining high environmental standards.
The system is designed to clarify environmental regulatory expectations to applicants and to support all authorization types managed by Alberta Environment and Parks under the Water Act, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and the Public Lands Act. DRAS will be used to manage the entire lifecycle of a project from application to authorization, monitoring and compliance reporting, to remediation and closure.
Transition from EAS OneStop
The first stage of our system transformation moved Water Act approval applications, approval amendment applications, and Code of Practice notices from EAS OneStop to DRAS. EAS OneStop was terminated on June 14, 2021.
Draft applications in EAS OneStop prior to June 14, 2021 were not transferred to DRAS.
DRAS will roll out in stages throughout 2021 to 2023 and will eventually house all applications online.
Future rollouts will include:
- Water Act temporary diversion licences
- Public Lands Act dispositions for commercial and industrial activities
- drinking water management and the remaining host of activities we regulate
For applicants, DRAS will provide:
- the ability to apply for one project with multiple activities via an integrated application
- clear, upfront application standards and requirements
- a clear decision-making process
- the ability to track the status of applications in real-time
- increased province wide-consistency in application processes
Improvements to public notice and Statement of Concern processes
A public notice viewer has been created in DRAS that enables us to immediately post applications when public notice is required and to receive Statements of Concern directly in the system.
- For applicants, this simplifies the public notice process, and provides clear timelines.
- For the public, the public notice viewer on DRAS has an interactive map that enables members of the public to search areas of interest and includes a built-in form to instantly submit a Statement of Concern. Submitting a Statement of Concern through the public notice viewer on DRAS allows the filer to track the status of their submission in real time.
Public notices may be posted in other media, such as in newspapers and on bulletin boards, as users become familiar with DRAS. Statements of Concern will also continue to be accepted in other ways such as through mail or email.
For more information on DRAS and information and training sessions being offered, see: Digital Regulatory Assurance System.
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