Water Management structures in the province of Alberta are owned and operated by Alberta Environment and Parks. Water management structures may include dams, weirs, canals and their associated infrastructure. Alberta Transportation’s Water Management Section is responsible for rehabilitation of existing structures, as well as construction of new structures. In southern Alberta, the section is also responsible for structure maintenance activities.
The department's guidelines regarding construction or rehabilitation of water management structures are contained in the following sections. Information regarding tendering and contracting of these projects can be located here.
Consultants providing engineering services for the department are required to follow the processes outlined in the following two Engineering Consultant Guidelines:
All water management specifications are developed using Civil Works Master Specification (CWMS). CWMS was developed to ensure consistency in the content and quality of contract specifications for water management contracts. The CWMS consists of Bidding Requirements, Conditions of Contract, General Requirements, and Technical Specifications that are organized according to a familiar 16-division format. The department is working to update to the most recent version of MasterFormat.