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The role of information in water-related decision making . Decisions. Issue type A and B water licences for the use of water and deposit of waste Need Minister’s approval for type A licences Approve associated plans and studies Refer an application to Environmental Assessment.

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decisions
Decisions
  • Issue type A and B water licences for the use of water and deposit of waste
    • Need Minister’s approval for type A licences
  • Approve associated plans and studies
  • Refer an application to Environmental Assessment
information used in decision making
Information used in decision making
  • Application information:
    • Description of undertaking
    • Volume of water used
    • Waste disposal
    • Other persons affected
    • Environmental and resource impacts
    • Traditional use
    • Monitoring Programs
    • Studies
    • Spatial information
information used in decision making1
Information used in decision making
  • Information provided by reviewers
  • Technical expertise
  • Report of Environmental Assessment
  • Plans and reports attached as conditions in Water Licence
examples of plans
Examples of Plans
  • Spill Contingency Plan
  • Abandonment and Restoration Plan
  • Water Disposal Facilities Operations and Maintenance Plan
  • Storm Water Management Plan
  • Treatment System Plan
more examples of plans
More examples of Plans
  • Operation and Maintenance Plan
  • Dam/Dyke Monitoring Plan
  • Tailings Management Plan
  • Water Management Plan
  • Erosion and Sediment Protection Plan
  • Waste Management Plan
the role of plans
The Role of Plans
  • Some plans are required in the application stage while others are requested through the Water Licence.
  • Most plans are for Board approval which means that they would get sent out for review and the comments would then be incorporated by the Licensee if required.
  • Plan requests are on a project by project basis.
reports
Reports
  • Annual Report
    • Water use amount
    • Waste deposit amount
    • Modifications to project
    • Updates to any plans
    • Summary of Surveillance Network Program (SNP)
    • Summary of any studies conducted
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Reports
  • Geotechnical Assessment Report
  • Surveillance Network Program “SNP”
    • Parameters
    • Maximum concentrations
    • CCME guidelines usually adopted
    • Recommendations from reviewers
information needs
Information Needs
  • Project specific
    • Type of undertaking
    • Small versus large
    • Location
information gaps
Information Gaps
  • Common information gaps are:
    • Groundwater information
    • Tailings cover information
    • Traditional use
    • Geochemical (e.g. Acid generating potential)
    • Effluent Quality Criteria
addressing information gaps
Addressing Information Gaps
  • Boards can hold public hearings and technical sessions
  • Internal Working Group setting consistent standards
  • Plans and studies are key
ways to better gather information
Ways to better gather information
  • Being specific
  • Being flexible
  • Keeping communication lines open