The NorthEast Water Tool (NEWT), Omineca Water Tool (OWT) and NorthWest Water Tool (NWWT) are GIS-based hydrology decision-support tools developed in partnership by the Commission and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The tools provide guidance on water availability across northern BC and support decision-making processes for water use approvals and licences.
The Water Portal is a map-based water information tool designed to provide public access to a wide range of water-related data and information in northeast B.C.
The data presented is obtained from a variety of sources related to water resource management, and is displayed using flexible charts and analytical tools in order for users to readily understand and utilize the data.
Groundwater Review Assistant
The Groundwater Review Assistant (GWRA) assists hydrogeologists and others with the retrieval and compilation of groundwater-related information to support projects requiring a hydrogeological review or assessment. The GWRA retrieves information from provincial databases for an area defined by a specified location of interest and search radius, and produces a user-friendly report.
A GWRA User Guide is available here.
Water Sustainability Act Authorizations
The authority to review, assess, and make decisions on water authorizations for the oil and gas sector is designated to Commission water experts by way of the Water Sustainability Act (WSA). Water Use Applications and support materials are provided here:
Applications Support for Operators
WSA Supplemental for Operators
WSA Requirements for Accessing Water on Private Land
Short-Term Water Use Approvals
Short-Term Water Use Application Manual
Changes In and About a Stream
Changes In and About a Stream Application and Operations Manual
Water Source Wells
Water Source Wells (WSWs) are drilled to obtain water for injection into underground formations for the production of petroleum or natural gas, including hydraulic fracturing. A well permit is required from the Commission to drill and operate a WSW. A WSW requires a Water Sustainability Act authorization, unless it is drilled to obtain "deep groundwater" as defined in the Water Sustainability Regulation. For further information, including hydrogeological testing requirements to support groundwater licence applications, refer to:
The water reports present information on water use approvals on a quarterly basis. The reports also contain information on water licences, water source wells and the volume of water used in hydraulic fracturing.