Wetlands are a vital part of Alberta, providing habitat for thousands of species. Wetland areas cover approximately 20% of the province and include low-level land saturated by water that is crucial to wetlands’ function in our ecosystem. As an environmental planning company, Green Plan Ltd. has been at the forefront of professional wetland assessments and regulations for decades to help our clients stay compliant with all applicable requirements under Alberta’s Water Act.
With 5 classes of wetland across Alberta, wetlands are identified by the presence of peat, source of water, and types of vegetation supported. Wetlands include swamps, fresh and saltwater marshes, sloughs, and any land area where water is kept long enough to provide a healthy habitat for plants and soils.
In the past, wetlands were not considered to be of value and were filled or drained. In recent years, however, wetlands are now highly valued, and efforts are made to protect these ecosystems. These landmasses are still being threatened due to climate change, pollution, and human activity — resulting in wetlands becoming increasingly scarce across the country.
Our Wetland Assessments Include:
Wetland Mapping Delineation
Wetland Assessment and Impact Report
Wetland Assessment and Impact Form
Public Land Review Submissions
Wetland Replacement Proposals
There is a wide variety of wetland types, including saltwater marshes. Wetlands provide healthy habitats for plants due to the collection of water in the soil which provides nutrients that encourage plant growth as well as contributing to increased biodiversity by providing homes for animals such as frogs or birds who don’t have access them elsewhere.
Wetlands also act like sponges during heavy rainstorms because they absorb large amounts of rainfall quickly before releasing it into waterways at a slower rate, preventing flooding from occurring while maintaining natural ground level levels below sea-level so wetlands can continue thrivingAt Green Plan Ltd., we specialize in providing environmental consulting services for 5 key industries:
- Land Development
- Sand & Gravel
Let’s be honest, we’re all in a rush these days. You want your project to start and you don’t have time for delays or unnecessary approvals! That’s where our Wetland Assessment Services come in: get the industry experience you need with us at an affordable price so that there are no surprises when it comes to cost overruns on those projects of yours which count on them being started as soon as possible.