FISHES Program Projects and the Expedited Authorization Process for Flood Recovery
Managing impacts to the aquatic environment and fish habitat is required by provincial and federal policies and legislation. Mitigation of impacts and restoration of the aquatic environment, including fish habitat, is normally required in instances where unavoidable damage has occurred as a result of activities approved under provincial or federal legislation e.g. Alberta Water Act, Alberta Public Lands Act, or the Federal Fisheries Act.
Under normal circumstances, such activities require a comprehensive review and evaluation by a number of government regulators of proposals to restore or replace the habitat impacted or lost through the completion of permitted activities.
In order to facilitate emergency work following the 2013 flood, the Government of Alberta introduced a new streamlined approvals process for instream activities related to the flood. This risk-based approach adopted by the Expedited Authorization Process for Flood Recovery (EAPFR), reduces the scrutiny normally applied on a project by project basis to these activities.
While there is increased risk, the EAPFR process continues to meet both legal and environmental benchmarks. This process is being used for existing flood related applications, including FISHES Program projects, but it is being phased out as these outstanding applications are processed.
For more information on the EAPFR and the process replacing it, please see:
Posted: Apr 8, 2016