New! ABWRET-A Online Course

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Course Overview

Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool is a standardized method for assessing the important natural functions of all types of wetlands present in Alberta.  Use of this method is a requirement through the Government of Alberta's Wetland Policy where Water Act approval is sought and wetlands will be permanently impacted.

A strong understanding of this tool is required at three sign-off points in the Water Act approval process for wetlands: at the pre-disturbance stage in the Wetland Assessment and Impact Report (WAIR) or Wetland Assessment and Impact Form (WAIF), at the wetland restoration design stage in the Wetland Restoration Plan, and at the final verification stage in the Verification Report. 

This course provides participants with a strong understanding of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool-Actual. Designed for an intermediate audience with some experience working in natural sciences, this course is instructed by Dr. Paul Adamus, creator of the wetland evaluation tool, who lends his voice and knowledge to this intensive online course.

Course Format:

This course consists of:

  • 8 online modules (~8 hours instruction time)
  • One to three tests per module
  • Four activities (~1/2 to 1 hour per activity)

Online modules will be released two at a time starting April 15, through SALMTEC's online learning platform


Registration Fee ------------------------$400 (plus tax) 

 Students have until April 14, 2021 to complete this course.


Instructed by the creator of ABWRET-A, Dr. Paul Adamus

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Learners will understand the context for using ABWRET-A (green and white areas)
  • Learners will understand the methods used to create ABWRET-A
  • Learners will understand the basic theory behind the wetland functions
  • Learners will receive an in-depth understanding of ABWRET-A indicators and wetland functional models
  • Learners will understand the process of submitting ABWRET-A
  • Learners will understand how to interpret the ABWRET-A results

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