The Water Rights Section strives to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador’s precious water resources are properly allocated and conserved for the benefits of all water use sectors and future generations. The Section also strives to promote the recognition and appreciation of the value of water resources to ensure their sustainability and security. The following highlights the Section’s mandate and responsibilities.
- Administers Part I “Water Rights” and other provisions of the Water Resources Act and regulations pertaining to use, conservation and efficiency, economics, allocation, and granting of rights of all water resources;
- Develops and implements regulations, policies, guidelines, procedures, methodologies, and programs for optimum use, conservation and efficiency, economics, allocation, and granting of rights of all water resources for all sectors;
- Evaluates water use proposals from any water source including icebergs for issuing water use licences;
- Conducts studies and projects on use, conservation and efficiency, economics, and valuation of all water resources for all sectors;
- Water Planning and Management including resolution of water use conflicts as they may arise and involvement in aboriginal land claims negotiations;
- Conducts continuous water use monitoring and reporting for all sectors;
- Maintains online Registry of Water Rights; and
- Provides other technical services.