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The British Columbia Ground Water Association
The British Columbia Ground Water Association
 

 

CURRENT EVENTS - WSA INFORMATION SESSIONS

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BCGWA are pleased to be facilitating Ministry-led Information Sessions on new regulations now in effect under the Water Sustainability Act.  These Information Sessions will address the new Ground Water Protection Regulation, and new requirements for groundwater licensing under the Water Sustainability Regulation.  They will be held in tandem with our fall regional meetings in Parksville and in Prince George.    

Presenters:

Representatives from the BC Ministry of Environment and/or BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations

Pre-registration:

On-line until one week before the Session

Credit:   

2 to 3 Informal Professional Development Hours (APEGBC), 0.2 to 0.3 CEUs (EOCP)

Cost:   

Complimentary

 

Information Session:  Groundwater Licensing Requirements

Friday, October 21, 2016
Quality Bayside Resort
240 Dogwood Street
Parksville, BC

2:00 – 5:00 pm
(includes coffee & snacks)   
Friday October 28, 2016 
Sandman Signature Hotel
2990 Recplace Drive
Prince George, BC
2:00 – 5:00 pm
(includes coffee & snacks)

This information session is intended to inform groundwater consultants, potential licensees, and some well drillers and well pump installers on new groundwater licensing requirements under the Water Sustainability Act.  It will explain the overall framework for the granting of water rights (First-In-Time First-In-Right or FITFIR) and the rights and responsibilities related to the use of groundwater.  Water licence application requirements for existing and new groundwater users will be reviewed, as well as key stipulations associated with a water licence (appurtenance, water use purposes, transfers, amendment, etc.).  Groundwater connectivity to surface water will also be addressed, including implications for water allocation and regulation during times of scarcity.  Click here to download a copy of the presentation.

 

Information Session:  The new Ground Water Protection Regulation

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Quality Bayside Resort
240 Dogwood Street
Parksville, BC

*9:00 – 11:00 am
(includes coffee & snacks)
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Sandman Signature Hotel
2990 Recplace Drive
Prince George, BC
*9:00 – 11:00 am
(includes coffee & snacks)

This information session is intended to familiarize well drillers, well pump installers, groundwater consultants, and some well owners with changes to the Ground Water Protection Regulation (GWPR).  The session will review the types of wells that are regulated under the new GWPR, and the roles and responsibilities of contractors, consultants, and well owners.  For well drillers and pump installers, these include registration and qualification requirements, and minimum standards for well construction, decommissioning, reporting and pump installations.  For well owners, these include provisions for contractor selection, and expectations regarding well operation, maintenance, and reporting.  Consultants will also be debriefed on their role in providing alternative well specifications, in the siting and design of recharge and injection wells, and in management of flowing artesian wells.  Click here to download a copy of the presentation.

*At both the Parksville and Prince George locations, the session will transition into the BCGWA Regional meeting from 11:00am to 12noon.