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Group looks at ways to pool ground water data


February 10, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Victoria – A non-partisan task force partially funded by the federal government, has come out with five recommendations for governments to collect, share, and use ground water data to allow innovation in sustainability and industry.

“Our Groundwater, Our Future” by Action Canada takes a case-by-case look at success stories of ground water management and considers what could be done to make water policy and management tools more uniform across Canada.

The report makes five recommendations to the federal government:

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·      Consolidate water management policies

·      Require aquifer mapping and monitoring

·      License holders required to collect usage data

·      Create a ground water database

·      Encourage flexibility and resiliency in ground water licensing

All water users should be regulated by a single provincial or territorial body, the report argues. “Such a body would reduce the overlap that currently exists where ministries and sectors have vested, yet competing, interests,” it says. “A single ministry or other such body, such as Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency, can provide regulatory clarity for ground water users while properly overseeing the resource.”

Read the full report.