Dam Safety

About Dam Safety

Dams in Alberta are built, maintained, operated and decommissioned in a safe manner that is aligned with provincial, national and international guidelines and best practices.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) provides regulatory oversight to ensure dam owners take active responsibility for the integrity and safe operations of their dams through the Alberta Water Act and Part 6 of the Water (Ministerial) Regulation – Dam and Canal Safety.

The Dam Safety Regulatory System ensures dam owners comply with the legislation with the following compliance assurance objectives:

  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Enforcement

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Legislative Documents that Provide Mandate

Dam Safety is directed under the Water Act and Water (Ministerial) Regulation, which are the primary statutes that promote conservation and management of water including its allocation and use.

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Related Information


If you have questions about dam safety, please contact:

Dam Safety Office
Tel: 780 422-1355
Email: Dam.Safety@gov.ab.ca


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Updated: May 9, 2018