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Natural Resource Projects

The Natural Resources Conservation Board Act (NRCBA) requires the NRCB to determine whether projects that require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act are in the public interest. Projects that are reviewable under the NRCBA and its regulations are mining, forestry, water management, and recreation. Proposals may also be referred to the Board by Order in Council.

The NRCB contributes to developing the terms of reference for the EIA. The EIA forms a significant part of the formal application to the Board.


Alberta Environment and Parks has determined that, in compliance with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, an EIA is required for each of the following projects. The formal applications for these projects have not been submitted to the NRCB:

Amisk Hydroelectric Project

Water Management


Contact the NRCB if you would like to view the background documents relating to these board decisions.

Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project

Decision Date: June 22, 2021 | Water Management

Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure

Decision Date: October 23, 2019 | Water Management

Parsons Creek Aggregates - Limestone Quarry Project

Decision Date: February 25, 2014 | Mining

Hammerstone Quarry Project

Decision Date: June 28, 2010 | Mining

Alberta Sulphur Terminals Ltd. - Sulphur Forming and Shipping Facility

Decision Date: July 28, 2009 | Referral by Order in Council

Glacier Power Ltd. - Dunvegan Hydroelectric Project

Decision Date: December 29, 2008 | Water Management

Arclin Formaldehyde Production Plant

Decision Date: September 18, 2008 | Referral by Order in Council

Highwood Diversion Plan (2008)

Decision Date: April 15, 2008 | Water Management

Birch Mountain Resources Ltd. - Muskeg Valley Quarry Project

Decision Date: June 15, 2005 | Mining

Agrium Products Inc. - Extension of Existing Gypsum Storage Area

Decision Date: August 1, 2004 | Referral by Order in Council

Glacier Power Ltd. - Dunvegan Hydroelectric Project (2003)

Decision Date: March 25, 2003 | Water Management

United Industrial Services Ltd. - Silica Mine

Decision Date: May 18, 2000 | Mining

Little Bow/Highwood Water Diversion Project

Decision Date: May 12, 1998 | Water Management

Pine Coulee Water Management Project

Decision Date: February 28, 1995 | Water Management

Chem-Security (Alberta) Ltd.

Decision Date: October 31, 1994 | Referral by Order in Council

Westcastle Four Season Resort Project

Decision Date: December 3, 1993 | Recreation

Consumer's Paper Corp. - Waste Paper Recycling Project

Decision Date: April 27, 1993 | Forestry

Three Sisters Recreational and Tourism Project, Canmore

Decision Date: December 8, 1992 | Recreation

Golf Course at Evan Thomas Creek

Decision Date: August 14, 1992 | Recreation

Swan Hills Special Waste Treatment Centre Expansion

Decision Date: May 8, 1992 | Referral by Order in Council