BC-YT water management agreement

April 7, 2017
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment
Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement pledging to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries.

Through the British Columbia-Yukon Bilateral Water Management Agreement, both
governments are committing to protecting the aquatic ecosystem health within the basin, as well as the interests of citizens and First Nations.

The signed agreement also recognizes and respects each jurisdiction􀍛s laws, regulations, plans, policies and economic opportunities - and addresses issues of water consumption, flow needs and water quality.

This is the second bilateral water management agreement both B.C. and the Yukon have signed under the broader Mackenzie River Basin Transboundary Waters Master Agreement - a water management partnership between the federal government and Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., Yukon and Northwest Territories.

The Mackenzie River Basin is the largest river basin in Canada covering 1.8 million square kilometres.

Quotes:
Mary Polak, B.C. Environment Minister 􀍴
"By signing this agreement, we are strengthening our relationship with the Yukon. We will work co-operatively to ensure the health of both our environment and citizens, now and in the future. This is yet another step towards managing the shared waters in the Mackenzie River Basin."

Pauline Frost, Yukon Environment Minister 􀍴
"Together with the Government of British Columbia, we have made concerted efforts to ensure all affected First Nation groups and governments are integral to this agreement and its implementation. We will work together to maintain the quality, quantity and health of our shared water for both nature and people."

The full signed agreement can be found here.