Contextual Resources

Metro Vancouver Agriculture Water Forum: Licensing Groundwater Use under British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act (Nov 3, 2016)

“In British Columbia, surface and groundwater are now managed under the same regulatory system,” states Greg Tyson. “Effective February 29, 2016 all non-domestic users of groundwater are required to obtain a licence to withdraw and use water from wells. This means that about 20,000 existing non-domestic well owners, including those in the agriculture sector, must now apply for a licence.”

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Fraser River Water Management: Metro Vancouver Agriculture Water Forum will showcase results of salinity monitoring (Nov 3, 2016)

“The study assesses the sensitivity of the Fraser River to salinity changes. A range of channel dredging scenarios are simulated, recognizing that there may be practical limitations on the depth to which the Fraser River can be deepened. Ports around the world typically have navigation channels that are 16 m to 18 m deep. We don’t as yet know what is realistic for the Fraser River,” stated John ter Borg.

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