Upper Athabasca Region Surface Water Quality Management engagement

Albertans shared their feedback on the development of a water quality framework for the upper Athabasca River.


We gathered input to help inform the development of a surface water quality management framework for the Upper Athabasca 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 upper Athabasca River, and consider the impacts of all development activities in the watershed on water quality.


  • Open

    June 22 to September 17, 2021

  • 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 8 and featured a 45 minute presentation followed by a 45 minute question and answer session.

Watch the webinar to learn more: Upper Athabasca Region Surface Water Quality Management Framework Webinar.

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 Upper Athabasca 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 the Upper Athabasca River. 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].