Expedited Authorization Process for Flood Recovery (EAPFR)


Effective July 1, 2016, Environment and Parks will no longer be accepting applications for Public Lands Act and Water Act authorizations through the EAPFR, to undertake flood recovery work. Following this date, applications for flood recovery projects will be administered through the same process as routine applications.

Some of the key materials and products the EAPFR provided will be transitioned into our core business and available for all water-related projects in the South Saskatchewan Region to learn from. Materials and products, provided through EAPFR, include guidelines and fact sheets that describe information requirements for applications.

This web page will remain active in the interim with updates to these products and new products to assist applicants with the Public Lands Act and Water Act authorization processes in the South Saskatchewan Region. Check back frequently for updates on the transition, the process going forward and authorization requirements.


The flood event in June of 2013 was one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history. Substantial and urgent work was required to return the lives of Albertans back to normal. Much of this work was to occur in or around waterbodies, including restoring infrastructure, removing debris, repairing erosion damage, and mitigating against future flood effects.

Flood recovery activities in or near water are managed by the department of Environment and Parks (AEP) under the Water Act and the Public Lands Act. Anticipating a large volume of applications for authorizations to conduct flood recovery activities, AEP developed the Expedited Authorization Process for Flood Recovery (EAPFR).


For critical habitat maps for the north and south areas, please visit the Open Government Portal at:

A table providing locations of water bodies with a high concentration value for Westslope Cutthroat Trout is available at:

Fact Sheets and Information Requirements


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Updated: Jun 5, 2018