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Posted 07/26/2002

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

Great Lakes 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.

Information on the proposed regulations and the IBWTA can be found on the Canada-U.S. Relations Web site at < Canadians are invited to comment on the proposed regulations through the Canada Gazette Web site at < or by contacting:

The period available to provide comments on the proposed regulations ends on September 12, 2002.

Peter Fawcett Deputy Director,
Transboundary Division Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
(613) 944-6911
Fax: (613) 943-2423
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