Welcome. The purpose of this site is to provide you with opportunities to engage with government during the ongoing implementation of the new Water Sustainability Act, which came into force on February 29, 2016. Results of the engagement that has taken place since 2009 can also be found on this site.
Much of the detail related to implementation of the Water Sustainability Act is provided in regulations and operational policies. An initial set of regulations also came into effect on February 29, 2016. Due to the number of proposed regulations and policies, government is taking a phased approach to their development and work in this area continues.
Since the project of modernizing provincial water law began in 2009, government has heard from First Nations, industry and environmental groups, local governments, and individuals with an interest in our water resource. British Columbians sent in thousands of submissions with ideas covering everything from how to protect groundwater, how to ensure our streams and lakes stay healthy, to considering water when we make land use decisions. These ideas helped to inform the policies in the Water Sustainability Act and the initial set of regulations under the Act.
In January 2018, government released an intentions paper aimed at regulating and improving livestock watering practices where there is low-density livestock grazing on Crown and private range lands.... Read More
NEW: Blog Post #28 – Release of What We Heard document for Water Use in Mineral Exploration and Small Scale Placer Mining Intentions Paper
In fall 2018, government released an intentions paper proposing regulations that would continue to allow the use of unrecorded water for mineral exploration and small-scale placer mining activities... Read More
Government has extended the water licence application transition period for those who were using groundwater on or before February 29, 2016 for any non-domestic use, including agricultural,... Read More
Government has extended the deadline, under section 56 of the Water Sustainability Regulation, from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2019 for the allowance of water use for mineral exploration and... Read More
Blog Post #25 – Proposed Mineral Exploration and Small Scale Placer Mining Regulatory Provisions: What do you think?
Historically, water use for prospecting did not require an authorization and over time mineral exploration and small scale placer mining were considered prospecting. This changed in 2016 with the... Read More
Livestock that graze on range land drink water directly from streams and other water bodies, as well as from off-stream watering systems such as a watering trough. Managing livestock watering by... Read More
Since the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) and regulations were brought into effect, government has made a number of amendments to the regulations. Amendments are typically used to fine-tune... Read More
Do you use well-water for irrigation or commercial purposes? In response to public feedback on the application process for existing groundwater users, government is extending the exemption of the... Read More
Since the Water Sustainability Act came into effect on February 29, 2016, the Ministries of Environment and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have been developing proposals to fine-tune... Read More
Since the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) and related regulations came into force on February 29, 2016, input from water stakeholders as well as internal review identified several instances in which... Read More