Groundwater

Groundwater licensing just makes sense

David Slade, Cowichan Valley Citizen, 05 Jan 2017

Some facts on groundwater licensing:

There has been considerable alarm and a lot of confusion related to the new laws around the licensing of groundwater. The fact that well owners are uncertain about how the regulations and fees will affect them is not surprising, since from my own experience the government agencies are still trying to sort it out themselves.

For those who are affected and/or interested, I will try to provide some info and perhaps some rationale.

Study led by B.C. scientist first to map Earth's hidden groundwater

Laura Kane, Canadian Press, November 16 2015

VANCOUVER - Less than six per cent of groundwater in the upper two kilometres of the Earth is renewable within a human lifetime, a new study led by a British Columbia scientist reveals.

Tom Gleeson of the University of Victoria led an international group of hydrologists in producing the first data-driven estimate of the world's total supply of groundwater. The study, published in "Nature Geoscience," found the essential resource is being used up far too quickly.

Date: 

21 Oct 2015

Author: 

Neil Goeller & Sylvia Barroso

Publisher: 

Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations

Managing B.C.’s water resources

Deborah Curran & Oliver Brandes, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2015

We have a long way to go before water rents attract international trade claims

With streams running dry, wildfires raging, reservoirs running low, watering restrictions in place, and severe drought declared across the populous south coast of B.C., fresh water is the hot topic.

Date: 

1 Jun 2013

Author: 

Ted van der Gulik, Denise Nielson, Ron Fretwell, Stephanie Tam

Publisher: 

BC Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Date: 

9 Oct 2014

Author: 

Ehren Lee

Publisher: 

Urban Systems, for the Cowichan Valley Regional District

Groundwater

Groundwater is water which is stored underground - not surprisingly. It can be confined, which means that a deposit of water is surrounded by nonpermeable rock, typically in aquifers or unconfined, in which case it is surrounded by permeable rock, gravel, soil, and other materials. Around 20% of the world's freshwater is groundwater, and groundwater makes up a significant portion of the potable water consumed worldwide, with up to 50% of some populations relying on groundwater.

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