Weed Control

 

In 2010, a new Weed Control Act was Proclaimed. The new Weed Control Act regulation includes a new schedule of weed designations. Previously there were three weed categories, restricted weeds, noxious weeds, and nuisance weeds.

These categories were replaced with the new weed designations of Prohibited Noxious and Noxious.

Prohibited Noxious Weed - DESTROY: means a plant designated in accordance with the regulations as a prohibited noxious weed and includes the plant’s seeds. This weed designation can be seen as regulatory support for an “Early Detection, Rapid Response” stage of invasive plant management. Plants in this category are either not currently found in Alberta or are found in few locations such that eradication could be possible.

Noxious Weeds - CONTROL: means a plant designated in accordance with the regulations as a noxious weed and includes the plant’s seeds. This weed designation can be seen as regulatory support for a “containment” stage of invasive plant management. Plants listed in this category are considered to be widely distributed to eradicate. A local authority may conduct control programs for these weeds if they feel they may have a significant ecological or economic impact on lands within their municipality.


November 16, 2022

Weed Control Act

The Weed Control Act enables the Minister's authority to declare noxious or prohibited noxious weeds that present significant economic, social or ecological risks. The duties of individuals, local authorities, municipalities, and the Crown related to the prevention, control, and destruction of weeds are described in the Act. It outlines the appointment and powers of inspectors who enforce the Act and the operational requirements of seed cleaning facilities. Offences related to, and penalties for, contravention of the Act are described.

    Chapter/Regulation: W-5.1 2008

    Status: Office Consolidation

    Ministry Responsible: Agriculture and Irrigation

    Current to 11/16/2022

Noxious Weeds — Control
2. A person shall control a noxious weed that is on land the person owns or occupies.

Prohibited Noxious Weeds — Destroy
3. A person shall destroy a prohibited noxious weed that is on land the person owns or occupies.

Spread of Weeds Prohibited
4. (1) Subject to the regulations, a person shall not use or move anything that, if used or moved, might spread a
          noxious weed or prohibited noxious weed.
    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the thing is used or moved in a manner directed by an inspector under
          section 13.

Disposal and Storage of Weed Seeds
5. (1) A person shall not deposit or permit to be deposited noxious weed seeds or prohibited noxious weed seeds
         where they might spread.
    (2) A person shall store refuse that may contain noxious weed seeds or prohibited noxious weed seeds, including
         screenings from 2008 Section 6 Chapter W-5.1 5 WEED CONTROL ACT cleaning, sizing or grading seed, in a
         container that will prevent the scattering of the seeds.

Kings Printer: Weed Control Act & Weed Control Regulation
Read Online: Weed Control Act


July 22, 2016

Weed Control Regulation

Alberta Regulation 19/2010 With amendments up to and including Alberta Regulation 125/2016 Current as of July 22, 2016

Part 2 - Designation of Weeds

Schedule of Designations
8. Subject to section 9(6), the plants set out in the Schedule are designated as noxious weeds or prohibited noxious
    weeds in accordance with the Schedule. Municipal designations

9 (1) The local authority of a municipality may designate a plant as a noxious weed or a prohibited noxious weed
         within the municipality by bylaw.
   (2) If the plant is designated as a noxious weed within a municipality by the Schedule, the local authority may

        designate it as a noxious weed or a prohibited noxious weed.
   (3) If the plant is designated as a prohibited 
noxious weed within a municipality by the Schedule, the local authority
        may only designate it as a prohibited noxious weed.
   (4) A designation under this section is not effective unless it is approved by the Minister.
   (5) The plants set out in a bylaw of a municipality are designated as noxious weeds or prohibited noxious weeds
        within that municipality in accordance with the bylaw. (6) A designation as a prohibited noxious weed under this
        section prevails over a designation as a noxious weed under section 8.

Kings Printer: Weed Control Act & Weed Control Regulation
Read Online: Weed Control Regulation


Bylaw #330 - The Weed Control Bylaw

Bylaw #330 - The Weed Control Bylaw 2011.pdf • 448.7 KB


Bylaw #399 - Restrict the Use of Fertilizers & Herbicides

Bylaw #399 - Restrict the Use of Fertilizers & Herbicides.pdf • 167.2 KB

A BYLAW OF THE VILLAGE OF SPRING LAKE IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA
TO RESTRICT THE USE OF FERTILIZERS AND HERBICIDES. 

WHEREAS, Municipal Government Act being Chapter M.26 of the Revised Statutes of Alberta, 2000, amendments thereto, authorizes the Council of a local Municipality to pass a Bylaw regulating the safety, health, and welfare of people and the protection of people and property; people, activities and things in, on or near a public place that is open to the public; and the enforcement of bylaws; 

AND WHEREAS, the Council of the Village of Spring Lake is wanting to protect the health of Spring Lake and environmentally sensitive lands from the detrimental effects of fertilizers and pesticides; 

AND WHEREAS the Council of the Village of Spring Lake has deemed it necessary to have restrictions on the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the Village of Spring Lake; 

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council of the Village of Spring Lake, duly assembled, enacts as follows: 

1. NAME 
This Bylaw will be known as the "Restricted Use of Fertilizers, Herbicides and Pesticides Bylaw"

2. DEFINITIONS 
In this Bylaw, unless the context otherwise requires: 

a) "Bylaw Enforcement Officer" means any person appointed by Council or the Chief Administrative Officer of the Village of Spring Lake to enforce this Bylaw. 

b) "CAO" means the chief administrative officer of the Village of Spring Lake.

c) "Council" means the elected council of the Village of Spring Lake. 

d) "Fertilizer" means any substance or mixture of substances, containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, or other chemicals that are manufactured, sold, or represented for use as a plant nutrient or aid to plant growth provided that, for greater certainty, "Fertilizer" does not include natural vegetative compost. 

e) "Herbicide" means a chemical substance used to control or manipulate undesirable vegetation, especially weeds. 

f) "Owner" means with respect to a property located within the municipal boundaries of the Village of Spring Lake. 

g) "Pesticide" means any substance or mixture of substances that is manufactured, sold, or represented for destroying unwanted pests or other unwanted organisms or unwanted plants including, without limitation, weeds, fungi, insects, and microbes.


Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide Book

View the Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide Book:
Alberta Invasive Plant Identification Guide Book 2012.pdf • 17.8 MB

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Alberta Weed Control Act
Contact the Village Office, or the Alberta Ag-Info Centre Phone:
310-FARM (3276)

The full Weed Control Act is available HERE.

1. The following plants are designated in Alberta as
Prohibited Noxious Weeds:
2. The following plants are designated in Alberta as 
Noxious Weeds:
autumn olive — Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb. baby’s-breath, common — Gypsophila paniculata L.
balsam, Himalayan — Impatiens glandulifera Royle bellflower, creeping — Campanula rapunculoides L.
barberry, common — Berberis vulgaris L. bindweed, field — Convolvulus arvensis L.
bartsia, red — Odontites vernus (Bellardi) Dumort blueweed — Echium vulgare L.
buckthorn, common — Rhamnus cathartica L. brome, downy — Bromus tectorum L.
cinquefoil, sulphur — Potentilla recta L. brome, Japanese — Bromus japonicus Thunb.
crupina, common — Crupina vulgaris Pers. ex Cass. burdock, great — Arctium lappa L.
dyer’s woad — Isatis tinctoria L. burdock, lesser — Arctium minus (Hill) Bernh.
Eurasian water milfoil — Myriophyllum spicatum L. burdock, woolly — Arctium tomentosum Mill.
flowering rush — Butomus umbellatus L. buttercup, tall — Ranunculus acris L.
garlic mustard — Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara & Grande chamomile, scentless — Tripleurospermum inodorum (L.) Sch. Bip.
goatgrass, jointed — Aegilops cylindrica Host clematis, yellow — Clematis tangutica (Maxim.) Korsh.
hawkweed, meadow — Pilosella caespitosa Dumort. cockle, white — Silene latifolia Poir. ssp. alba (Miller) Greuter & Burdet
hawkweed, mouse-ear — Pilosella officinarum L. daisy, oxeye — Leucanthemum vulgare Lam.
hawkweed, orange — Pilosella aurantiaca L. dame’s rocket — Hesperis matronalis L.
hoary alyssum — Berteroa incana (L.) DC. henbane, black — Hyoscyamus niger L.
hogweed, giant — Heracleum mantegazzianum Sommier & Levier hoary cress, globe-podded — Lepidium appelianum Al-Shehbaz
iris, pale yellow — Iris pseudacorus L. hoary cress, heart-podded — Lepidium draba L.
knapweed, bighead — Centaurea macrocephala Puschk. ex Willd. hoary cress, lens-podded — Lepidium chalepense L.
knapweed, black — Centaurea nigra L. hound’s-tongue — Cynoglossum officinale L.
knapweed, brown — Centaurea jacea L. mullein, common — Verbascum thapsus L.
knapweed, diffuse — Centaurea diffusa Lam. pepper-grass, broad-leaved — Lepidium latifolium L.
knapweed, hybrid — Centaurea × psammogena Gáyer scabious, field — Knautia arvensis (L.) Coult.
knapweed, meadow — Centaurea × moncktonii C. E. Britton sow thistle, perennial — Sonchus arvensis L.
knapweed, Russian — Rhaponticum repens (L.) Hidalgo spurge, leafy — Euphorbia esula L.
knapweed, spotted — Centaurea stoebe L. ssp. micranthos (Gugler) Hayek tansy, common — Tanacetum vulgare L.
knapweed, squarrose — Centaurea virgata Lam. ssp. squarrosa (Willd.) Gugler thistle, Canada — Cirsium arvense (L.) Scop.
knapweed, Tyrol — Centaurea nigrescens Willd. toadflax, Dalmatian — Linaria dalmatica (L.) Mill.
knotweed, giant — Fallopia sachalinensis (F. Schmidt Petrop.) Ronse Decr. toadflax, yellow — Linaria vulgaris Mill.
knotweed, hybrid Japanese — Fallopia × bohemica (Chrtek & Chrtková) J. P. Bailey  
knotweed, Japanese — Fallopia japonica (Houtt.) Ronse Decr.  
loosestrife, purple — Lythrum salicaria L.  
medusahead — Taeniatherum caput-medusae (L.) Nevski  
medusahead — Taeniatherum caput-medusae (L.) Nevski  
nutsedge, yellow Cyperus esculentus L.  
puncturevine — Tribulus terrestris L.  
ragwort, tansy — Jacobaea vulgaris Gaertn.  
rush skeletonweed — Chondrilla juncea L.  
saltcedar — Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb.  
saltlover — Halogeton glomeratus (M. Bieb.) C.A. Mey.  
St John’s-wort, common — Hypericum perforatum L.  
starthistle, yellow — Centaurea solstitialis L.  
tamarisk, Chinese — Tamarix chinensis Lour.  
tamarisk, smallflower — Tamarix parviflora DC.  
thistle, marsh — Cirsium palustre (L.) Scop.  
thistle, nodding — Carduus nutans L.  
thistle, plumeless — Carduus acanthoides L.  
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