FACT SHEETS FOR AGRICULTURAL WATER USE: “All reservoirs, whether natural or constructed, that take water from a stream to fill the facility will need a storage licence. The subsequent water use purpose, irrigation, also requires a water licence,” stated Stephanie Tam, Water Management Engineer with the BC Ministry of Agriculture (January 2022)
Note to Reader:
The governments of British Columbia and Canada have released two guidance documents for agricultural water use. Known as “factsheets”, these documents were developed with input from the Partnership of Water Sustainability in British Columbia. One deals with Water Licences and the other with Water Storage.
Guidance on Farm Water Storage
Water storage is often promoted as a solution to water supply shortages due to climate change. While storage may often be a solution, there are issues that need to be addressed to determine if a storage facility will be viable. These can include regulations and licensing, facility location and options, purpose of use and storage size.
To Learn More:
Download a copy of Guidance on Farm Water Storage.
Water Licences for Agriculture
The implementation of groundwater licensing into the Water Sustainability Act raised many questions regarding dugouts, dug wells and other infrastructure with respect to licensing. The agriculture licensing factsheet is intended to provide clarity to agriculture producers on the licensing requirements.
To Learn More:
Download a copy of Water Licences for Agriculture.
BUDGET CONSULTATION 2022: Partnership for Water Sustainability issues a “Call for Action” by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to rectify a chaotic situation, provide a dedicated budget, and get groundwater licensing implementation back on track in British Columbia (October 2021)
On October 5, 2021, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC’s weekly Waterbucket eNews featured groundwater licensing for the second time in three editions because it is fundamental to water management in BC. Leadership and commitment at the highest levels of government have been missing in action during the 6-year transition period for implementation. Consequently, the lack of groundwater licensing is a looming crisis with far-reaching ramifications for the BC economy.
The purpose in featuring groundwater licensing twice within three weeks was to draw attention to the presentation by Partnership President Ted van der Gulik to the Select Standing Committee on Government Finance on September 30, 2021. He laid out a How-To-Framework for a 10-year plan of action to get groundwater licensing back on track.
The Partnership’s Ted van der Gulik made the case for a total investment of $300 million when he explained the situation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. His presentation on September 30, 2021 was the last of 300 in-person presentations to the committee as part of its Budget 2022 Consultation process.
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