BC has no regulations to ensure wells won’t damage neighbouring property or harm fish stocks



Need for Action

“Here in the Wild West it's always open season on groundwater. With today's system, the biggest pump prevails. Need more water? Fill your boots,” write Craig Orr and Linda Nowlan in an article published in the Vancouver Sun on September 18, 2010.
“Unlike all its neighbours, B.C. has no licensing requirements for groundwater. The contrast with surface water controls is striking. Want to drill a well? Go right ahead, no paperwork needed.”


To Learn More:

To read the complete article by Craig Orr and Linda Nowlan, click on We need to protect our groundwater.  Craig Orr is an ecologist and the executive director of Watershed Watch Salmon Society. Linda Nowlan is a lawyer specializing in environmental and water law.

Posted September 2010