Municipal “Direction, Control and Management” of Local Wetlands and Associated Riparian Lands: Section 60 of Alberta’s Municipal Government Act

  • Judy Stewart


Section 60 of the Municipal Government Act authorizes municipal “direction, control and management” of Alberta’s rivers, streams, watercourses, lakes, and other natural bodies of water within the municipality. There is little legal interpretation of s. 60, and even less municipal water body management planning, or water management plan implementation at the local level. In this article the author reviews s. 60, including the legislative history of the phrase “direction, control and management.” Section 60 is interpreted in light of constitutional doctrines and Alberta Water Act provisions for water management planning. “Watershed management planning” is underway in Alberta pursuant to Water For Life: Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability and municipalities have a role to play.