What is an open body of water?

It includes:

  • lakes
  • streams
  • rivers
  • irrigation canals
  • other natural water bodies

It does not include:

  • ponds or dugouts:
    • that have no flow off the property onto another property owner’s land
    • have an area of less than 4 hectares on private land
    • have an area of less than 0.4 hectares on public land
  • roadside ditches and small (less than 0.5 metres wide) dry, intermittent streams
  • storm water and water treatment systems

Rules near water

Anyone applying a pesticide within 30 metres of an open body of water must obtain a pesticide special use approval. Pesticide applicators can apply some pesticides near water by working under the provisions of the Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides.

A pesticide special use approval is not needed if you are applying a pesticide on cultivated land, which includes:

  • cropland
  • improved pasture
  • managed turf
  • landscaped areas

However, you must follow the product’s label directions. This includes instructions about buffers for aquatic habitats (such as open bodies of water).

Learn more

For more information on pesticide use near water, see:

The application for a pesticide special use approval is available at:

Contact

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

To connect on questions regarding certification:

Devon Smiegielski, Pesticide Certification Specialist
Phone: 780-538-6460
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: devon.smiegielski@gov.ab.ca

To connect on questions regarding Pesticide Special Use Approvals and Pesticide Service Registrations:

Tanya Rushcall, Pesticide Approvals and Registration Specialist
Phone: 780-644-4647
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: tanya.rushcall@gov.ab.ca

To connect with Lakeland College for questions about pesticide applicator or dispenser certification:

Phone: 1-866-853-8646
Email: pesticides@lakelandcollege.ca