Environmental Sector Expectations for BC's Groundwater Regulations

June 2015

This statement of expectations for groundwater regulations under B.C.'s Water Sustainability Act (WSA) was spurred by a May 2015 workshop that was attended by a diversity of individuals working on issues related to water sustainability. Attendees represented First Nation groups, watershed boards, funding organizations, stewardship groups, and academia. The stakeholders expect that groundwater regulations will build on the points set out in the general Environmental Sector Expectations for Regulations under BC's WSA. The 7 expectations for groundwater include:

  1. The regulations will define sustainable groundwater management,
  2. There will be substantial reporting and monitoring requirements, and  
  3. Licences will only be issued in compliance with sustainable groundwater management criteria.

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