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Important notice: Launch of the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS)

Effective June 21, 2021, the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS) is now live.

Go to DRAS

Water Act approval applications, amendment applications and Code of Practice notices can now be submitted through DRAS.

Overview

On June 21, 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks took a significant step towards streamlining its regulatory system with the new Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS).

About DRAS

DRAS will make reviewing applications more transparent and efficient – all while maintaining high environmental standards.

The new 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.

Applications for Water Act licences are not currently managed through the online process and are not affected by the June 2021 transition from EAS OneStop to DRAS. Water Act licence applications will continue to be submitted and reviewed through the current form and application process until further notice.

DRAS implementation

The Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS) will roll out in stages throughout 2021 to 2023 and will eventually house all applications online.

Future rollouts will include:

  • Water Act licences
  • Public Lands Act dispositions for commercial and industrial activities
  • Drinking water management and the remaining host of activities Alberta Environment and Parks regulates

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 Alberta Environment and Parks 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 will continue to 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 media such as through mail or email.

For more information on DRAS and information and training sessions being offered, see: Digital Regulatory Assurance System.

Forms and guides

These consolidations have no legislative sanction and are produced solely for the convenience of research. Official Statutes and Regulations must be consulted for all purposes of interpreting and applying the law (consolidations do not contain maps, charts and graphs contained in the printed versions).

PDF form issues

Fillable PDF forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save the form:

  1. Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
  2. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.

Temporary diversion of water for hydrostatic testing

Pipelines and telecommunication lines crossing a water body

Watercourse crossings

Outfall structures on water bodies

Powerline works impacting wetlands

Wetland Replacement Works

Maps

These management area maps were produced in large scale format at high resolution so some monitors may not be able to display them clearly. If so, go to Queen's Printer, search for Maps to find the Code of Practice Kit of Maps & Associated Codes to order printed copies.

Atlas of Class A Watercourse Sites

This atlas is a compendium of detailed information about the nature of Class A watercourses. Open the provincial overview map to determine the site number. The atlas files are organized by site number and can be found on the Open Government Portal at:

Note: the information provided in the Class A Watercourse Atlas is not binding, may not be complete and is subject to change. It is not to be used to determine the official location of Class A sites. The detailed management area maps in section 5 (above) contain the legal descriptions of Class A site locations. For more information, contact the department’s Fish and Wildlife Branch.

Information sheets

Information sheets contain descriptions of all sites, the rationale for their classification, the fish species they are important for, as well as sources of other information. The information sheets can be found on the Open Government Portal at:

Site maps

This collection of site maps shows the locations of Class A sites in relation to the Alberta Township System and other base features. These maps can be found on the Open Government Portal at:

The listing of maps included on the Open Government Portal are as follows:

  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 1 to 4
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 5 to 9
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 10 to 15
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 16 and 17
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 18 to 20
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 21 to 23
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 24 to 30
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 31 to 38
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 39 to 48
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 49 to 56
  • Class A Atlas – Maps of Sites 57 to 60

Aerial imagery

This collection of aerial imagery provides detail about ground cover and the location of road-stream crossing sites. These maps can be found on the Open Government Portal at:

The listing of maps included on the Open Government Portal are as follows:

  • Class A Water Body Map – Sites 1 to 10
  • Class A Water Body Map – Sites 11 to 20
  • Class A Water Body Map – Sites 21 to 30
  • Class A Water Body Map – Sites 31 to 40
  • Class A Water Body Map – Sites 41 to 50
  • Class A Water Body Map – Sites 51 to 60

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