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The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices.

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Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit

Okanagan Basin Water Board
Published: 2009
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The purpose of the toolkit is to provide local government with practical land management tools to support the protection of groundwater resources. The toolkit provides information on:
  • The role of local government in groundwater protection
  • Jurisdiction for managing groundwater
  • Basic principles of hydrogeology and data management
  • Scenarios on how local government can combine land use planning and regulatory tools to manage groundwater
  • Conducting groundwater studies 
The toolkit explores a number of objectives for groundwater protection with associated potential local government action. The key objectives are to: minimize impacts on water sources; sustain aquifers at healthy levels; maximize infiltration; reduce groundwater use; and protect groundwater quality. 
The information, scenarios, sample tools and policy wording in the toolkit can be used to implement groundwater protection measures. The information and direction can also assist in developing a scope of work for consultants and communicating the importance of groundwater protection action by local government.
Subject Areas:
  • Groundwater
  • Land Use
  • Mapping/Inventory
  • Water Management
  • Water Quality
  • Development Permit Area
  • Official Community Plan
  • Regional Growth Strategy
  • Watershed Plan
  • Well Protection Plan
  • Zoning Bylaw
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies
  • List of Resources
  • Sample Bylaw Language
  • Sample Goals/Objectives/Actions
  • Sample Plans/Policies/Strategies
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