Prairie Provinces Water Board

The most significant interjurisdictional water management arrangement in Canada is the Master Agreement on Apportionment.

1986 Pearse Inquiry on Federal Water Policy

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Prairie Provinces Water Board
2365 Albert Street, Room 300
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4K1

Telephone: (306) 780-6042
Fax: (306) 780-6810
Email: Lynne.Quinnett-Abbott@ec.gc.ca

www.ppwb.ca

Frequently Asked Questions: Groundwater

Is transboundary groundwater quantity monitored and apportioned by the PPWB?

No, the Master Agreement on Apportionment has a general statement (Section 6.1) to consider groundwater matters that have implications affecting transboundary surface and groundwater. Problems can be referred to the Board who can consider recommendations. The current Agreement does not outline how groundwater should be monitored or shared across jurisdictions or how interjurisdictional issues should be addressed.

The provinces are the primary authorities to manage groundwater, and are reponsible to manage, protect and allocate groundwater within the province (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) including monitoring requirements.

The Committee on Groundwater and the Board is evaluating the need for a Schedule F that would provide a framework to address interjurisdictional groundwater issues. The questions of groundwater monitoring and apportionment or sharing of water quantity are being considered.

Do transboundary aquifers have PPWB water quality objectives?

No, the Master Agreement on Apportionment has a general statement (Section 6.1) to consider groundwater matters that have implications affecting transboundary surface and groundwater. Problems can be referred to the Board who can consider recommendations. The current Agreement does not outline how groundwater should be monitored or shared across jurisdictions or how interjurisdictional issues should be addressed.

The provinces are the primary authorities to manage groundwater, and are reponsible to manage and protect groundwater quality within the province (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba). Provincial drinking water guidelines apply to both surface and groundwater water supplies.

The Committee on Groundwater and the Board is evaluating the need for a Schedule F that would provide a framework to address interjurisdictional groundwater issues. The questions of groundwater monitoring and groundwater quality objectives or targets are being considered.

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