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We gathered input to inform the development of a surface water quality management framework for the North Saskatchewan Region to ensure Albertans continue to have access to abundant supplies of clean water.

Surface water quality management frameworks identify clear objectives for managing surface water quality in the North Saskatchewan and Battle rivers, and consider the impacts of all development activities in the watershed on water quality.


  • Open

  • Results under review

  • Completed

    September 2022

Who is listening

Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas

Input received

Online survey

Feedback was collected through an online survey from June 22 to September 17, 2021. Thank you for your participation and input.


A webinar was held on July 6 and featured a 45 minute presentation followed by a 45 minute question and answer session.

Watch the webinar to learn more: North Saskatchewan Region Surface Water Quality Management Framework.

Indigenous engagement

We met with Indigenous communities and organizations to ensure their perspectives were heard and that a new framework reflects Indigenous values.

Stakeholder engagement

We met with key stakeholder groups during the engagement.


Your feedback helped contribute to the development of the North Saskatchewan Region Surface Water Quality Management Framework.

The regional-scale framework establishes an approach for monitoring and managing the cumulative impacts of human activities on water quality in both the North Saskatchewan and Battle rivers. The framework:

  • establishes a regional objective for surface water quality
  • identifies key indicators of water quality
  • sets surface water quality management thresholds for the suite of indicators (i.e., triggers, limits, and if appropriate in the future, targets)
  • identifies a management response process that will be initiated, if an indicator exceeds a threshold
  • creates an integrated and robust management approach that is consistent amongst the province’s land use planning regions
  • describes roles and responsibilities for relevant groups


If you have questions or concerns about this engagement, email [email protected].

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