Water Licensing Calculator: Managing Water as One Resource in British Columbia

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Passed by the British Columbia Legislature in Spring 2014, the Water Sustainability Act and new regulations were brought into effect on February 29, 2016. It is a game-changer because it recognizes the connection between land use actions and the implications for the both the water cycle and watershed sustainability. "The Water Sustainability Act recognizes that groundwater and surface water are interconnected and addresses the need to manage them together," states Minister of Environment Mary Polak.

Agriculture Water Demand Model

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Ag Water Demand Model - Okanagan Basin
The Agricultural Water Demand Model was developed to provide current and future agriculture water demands for the Okanagan Basin. The full report on this project is now available. As well we have reports on the Nicola, Kettle, and Similkameen Watersheds. All are online in PDF format for viewing and printing.

Agricultural Drainage Criteria

The purpose of the Agricltural Drainage Criteria is to provide good drainage for low land crops to survive and thrive, The survival of crops depends upon the crop's roots not being saturated for long periods of time. The criteria were designed to limit the duration that the crop's roots are subjected to saturaged soil conditions and provide a water table low enough to allow for good root growth.

Agricultural Watercourse Maintenance

The Agriculture Watercourse Maintenance Task Group was established by the Partnership Committee on Agriculture and Environment to develop an agricultural watercourse maintenance policy for British Columbia that considers the needs of both the agriculture and fishery resources.

State of Environment Reporting

About 97% of water licensed in British Columbia is for power production, including storage for power production. The remaining 3% of water licensed is for consumptive uses such as industrial, commercial, drinking water or agriculture

Farm Practices – Drainage

In some parts of British Columbia, high levels of precipitation and seasonal runoff can cause saturation of agricultural soils. Most agricultural crops are adversely affected by ponded water on the soil surface and/or prolonged soil saturation in the root zone.

Farm Practices – Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff is a contributor to flooding and water quality degradation, particularly in areas that receive frequent and severe rainstorms or heavy snowfalls that produce large quantities of surface runoff.

Ditch Maintenance: Working for Farmers and Fish

Thousands of British Columbians are taking part in small, local projects to help rehabilitate streams and, together with hatchery and restocking programs, the results are encouraging. And BC farmers are no different.

Surrey Takes Lead in Flood Control

The City of Surrey is showing the way by correcting long-standing drainage and flooding problems experienced by farmers in the Sperpentine-Nicomekl Lowlands.