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The British Columbia Ground Water Association
The British Columbia Ground Water Association
 

   PAST EVENTS

ANNUAL CONVENTIONS

The BCGWA hosts an annual convention featuring a tradeshow, workshops and an AGM. This event is the most important event of the year for those in the drilling and groundwater industry. 

The following BCGWA Conventions are archived and can be accessed by clicking the links:

 


 

REGIONAL MEETINGS

The BCGWA hosts four regional meetings in the fall of each year.  These are held in Prince George (Caribou Region), Parksville (Vancouver Island Region), Langley (Fraser Valley Region), and Vernon (Kootenay’s and Okanagan Region).  They intended to provide an opportunity for members, government officials, and others involved in the groundwater industry to get together to discuss what is happening in each region.  It is also a forum for educating members on trade and technical subjects, and for gathering feedback on initiatives taken up by the Association. 

The following BCGWA Regional Meetings are archived and can be accessed by clicking the links:

 

 


WATER SUSTAINABILITY ACT INFORMATION SESSIONS

With support from the Ministry of Environment, BCGWA are pleased to have facilitated four Information Sessions on new regulations supporting the Water Sustainability Act in 2016, namely the Groundwater Protection Regulation, and the Water Sustainability Regulation. 

The Information session on the Groundwater Protection Regulation was intended to familiarize well drillers, well pump installers, groundwater consultants, and some well owners with changes to the existing Ground Water Protection Regulation (GWPR).  The session reviewed the types of wells that are regulated under the new GWPR, and the roles and responsibilities of contractors, consultants, and well owners.  For well drillers and pump installers, these include registration and qualification requirements, and minimum standards for well construction, decommissioning, reporting and pump installations.  For well owners, these include provisions for contractor selection, and expectations regarding well operation, maintenance, and reporting.  Consultants were also debriefed on their role in providing alternative well specifications, in the siting and design of recharge and injection wells, and in management of flowing artesian wells. 

Click here to view a video recording of the GWPR presentation given at the October 22 Session in Parksville

Click here to view the presentation given at the May 4 Information Session in Whistler

 

The Information Session on the Water Sustainability Regulation was intended to inform groundwater consultants, contractors, and potential licensees on new groundwater licensing requirements under the Water Sustainability Act.  It explained the overall framework for the granting of water rights (First-In-Time First-In-Right or FITFIR) and the rights and responsibilities related to the use of groundwater.  Water licence application requirements for existing and new groundwater users were reviewed, as well as key stipulations associated with a water licence (appurtenance, water use purposes, transfers, amendment, etc.).  Groundwater connectivity to surface water was also be addressed, including implications for water allocation and regulation during times of scarcity. 

Click here to view a video recording of the WSR presentation given at the October 21 Session in Parksville

Click here to view the presentation given at the May 4 Information Session in Whistler