PROPOSED REGULATIONS WOULD PROTECT CANADIAN SIDE OF
GREAT LAKES FROM BULK WATER REMOVALS
No. 75 PROPOSED REGULATIONS PROTECT GREAT LAKES FROM BULK
WATER REMOVALS The Government of Canada has proposed new
regulations to implement amendments to the International
Boundary Waters Treaty Act (IBWTA). The regulations will
prohibit the bulk removal and diversion of boundary waters
out of Canadian drainage basins. The prohibition applies
to the Canadian portion of the
and other boundary waters in Canada.
Recognizing that Canada's
water is a precious resource, the Government of Canada is
opposed to the bulk removal of water from all major drainage
basins in Canada.
The proposed regulations, which were published in the Canada
Gazette on June 28, 2002, will implement this prohibition.
The regulations will also establish licensing requirements
for any in-basin activities in Canada
that might affect the levels or flows of waters on the U.S.
side of the border. All provinces and territories have,
or are developing, legislation or regulations to prohibit
bulk water removal within their own jurisdictions. Together,
these laws will provide the necessary protection of water
resources for future generations.
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