Ministry of Agriculture
LINKS TO RELATED GOVERNMENT WATER INFORMATION
Government of British Columbia
|BC's Water Act Modernization|
|Weather Office - British Columbia|
Ministry of Agriculture
|Drought Strategies and Irrigation Management
Ministry of Environment
|Water Licence Application and Approval Forms|
|River Forecast Centre|
|Water Management: Floods, Dikes, Dams and Droughts|
|BC Hydro - Regional Hydromet Data|
The government of British Columbia recognizes the importance of water and has embarked on a Water Act modernization process which will deliver a new Water Act by 2012.
The modernization of the Water Act is one of the actions and targets of Living Water Smart - BC's Water Plan.
The Water Act is the principal law for managing the diversion and use of provincial water resources. The new legislation will place a greater emphasis on the value of water and on conservation measures.Living Smart Water Blog
The purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for British Columbians to discuss the government’s Living Water Smart plan including the commitment to modernize the Province’s water laws.
Website offering current conditions and forecasts, warnings, bulletins, radar and satelite, historication weather, etc.
Agriculture is a major water user in this province. This website identifies areas where water can be utilized more efficiently during times of drought.
Information is listed for dealing with the following:
- Irrigation operation
- Irrigation scheduling
- Collecting evapotranspiration data
- Water purveyors
- Irrigation links
All water in British Columbia is owned by the Crown on behalf of the residents of the province. Authority to divert and use surface water is obtained by a licence or approval in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Water Act and the Water Protection Act .
In British Columbia, simply having access to surface water within or adjacent to property does not authorize a right to divert, use or store water.
For information or assistance with applications for water authorizations, please contact the FrontCounterBC office in your area.
Staff of the River Forecast Centre (RFC) collect and interpret snow, meteorological and streamflow data to provide warnings and forecasts of stream and lake runoff conditions around the province. Most of the meteorological and streamflow data are collected by other agencies, but the RFC is the lead agency in British Columbia for:
- Flood advisories and warnings
- Water supply and drought advisories
- Collection, quality assurance, analysis and archiving of snow data
The Water Stewardship webpage provides information on various topic areas such as water rights and legislation (and searching water rights), water use planning, water quality and water use planning. There are also links to a BC water resources atlas, maps, spacial data and much more.
The Water Stewardship Division is responsible for the flood safety and drought management programs in B.C.
Major types of hydrometeorological data collected include precipitation, air temperature, lake levels, stream levels/flows and snow water equivalents, although water temperature, wind, solar radiation and barometric pressure are also measured at a few locations.
Near real-time hydrometeorological data is collected for the following regions:
- Columbia Region
- Lower Mainland/Interial Regions
- Peace Region
- Vancouver Island