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Report: List of British Columbia's 20 Priority Areas for Aquifer Characterization

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In response to a 2010 BC Office of the Auditor General report, the Ministry of Environment developed a list of priority areas or aquifers for more indepth aquifer characterization. The report defines aquifer characterization; identifies past characterization work in the province; discusses future drivers for aquifer characterization; briefly describes the top 20 priority areas for Aquifer Characterization with location maps, and provides recommendations and references.

Author:  Ministy or Environment

Date Published:  Apr 2012

Report ID:  31539

Audience:  Government and Public

The BC Office of the Auditor General, OAG in its December 2010 report: An Audit of the Management of Groundwater Resources in British Columbia brought forward seven recommendations to better sustain the groundwater resources in British Columbia. Part of the OAG's first recommendation was that the ministries responsible for groundwater ensure that aquifers are characterized, starting with those classified as having the highest priority. The Ministry developed a list of 20 priority areas or aquifers for more indepth aquifer characterization; the list should be considered dynamic. As pressures and demands change over time, and as new issues arise, some areas and the exact order of this list may change. The Province is primary focus for the next decade, regarding aquifer characterization, will be the future licensing and allocation of the Province's groundwater resources.

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