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).

The application form entitled "Application Form for EAPFR" is a joint application form for Water Act Approvals and Public Lands Act Temporary Field Authorizations. The documentation on this site provides information and tips for filling out the application form.

NOTE: Non-flood recovery activities are to proceed under the regular Water Act and Public Lands Act process.

Application Form


Fact Sheets and Information Requirements

NOTE: Please check this site periodically for the most current documents as we may update the application form and supplementary information.

If you are unsure of requirements, please review the documents on this website and contact your local AEP office.

Please send your complete applications to:

South Saskatchewan Region - Calgary Office
2938 - 11 Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 7L7
Telephone: 403 297-7605
Fax: 403 297-2749

South Saskatchewan Region - Lethbridge Office
200 - 5 Avenue South, Provincial Building
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4L1
Telephone: 403 381-5322
Fax: 403 382-4428

Email Submissions:
Calgary Office: ESRD.FloodRecoveryCalgary@gov.ab.ca
Lethbridge Office: ESRD.FloodRecoveryLethbridge@gov.ab.ca

For questions, please contact our Calgary office at 403 297-7605, or our Lethbridge office at 403 381-5322. These numbers can be reached toll-free by first dialing 310-0000.


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Updated: Jun 14, 2016