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Buried Treasure -- Groundwater permitting and pricing in Canada

research report by Linda Nowlan

Lack of knowledge about the hidden resource of groundwater poses management challenges; across Canada examples of groundwater stress emerge. Despite Canada being a comparatively water-rich country, groundwater “hot spots” are starting to emerge in many provinces. This report was written to help raise public awareness of the value of groundwater and how it is regulated in Canada. This is the first report comparing provincial and territorial regulations for groundwater allocation. The report describes: How allocation and permitting/licensing decisions are made in each provincial and territorial jurisdiction; Whether and how pricing of groundwater extraction is addressed; The state of science and current knowledge about groundwater; and groundwater use in Canada. Buried Treasure is a snapshot of the current framework for groundwater management in Canada that aims to shed light on the variation among jurisdictions, identify obstacles to improved groundwater management, uncover regulatory “best practices”, and highlight the gaps that still exist.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Linda Nowlan;
Publisher: Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Environment & Climate


Keywords / Tags:

groundwater; allocation; permitting;