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Fort Nelson First Nation’s Action:Moving towards a Water  Management Plan     Julia O’Shannassy
Why Does Fort Nelson First NationNeed a Water Management Plan?
Community Concerns• Water levels and flows  – Transportation  – Hunting, fishing, trapping• Water Quality  – Drinking wate...
Increase in Industrial Activity• Land use  – Well pads  – Roads  – Seismic Lines• Water withdrawals  – Short-term Section ...
Changes to Land Use                      2006        2012Well Pads (km2)       0.23        31.9Roads (km)            1,673...
Approved Water Withdrawals (m3/yr) by Sector             in FNFN Territory                                                ...
Water Withdrawals in FNFN Territory:MOE Licences vs OGC Section 8 Approvals            MOE, 32                      OGC, 402
Lack of Data within FNFN Territory• Minimal Flow Data  – Fort Nelson River (inactive since 2004)• Very Little Climate Data...
FNFN’s Development of a        Water Management Plan• Watercourse Protection Areas  – Standard  – High  – Critical• Mapped...
FNFN’s ideas for         Management Requirements• Best Management Practices  – No heavy machinery within riparian zones (o...
Other Action by FNFN• Appeal (under EAB) of a water withdrawal  licence for fracking• Licenced withdrawal of 2.5 million m...
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Presentation by Water Resources Enginner Julia O'Shannassy delivered at Keepers of the Water VI in Fort Nelson, BC in September 2012.

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  1. 1. Fort Nelson First Nation’s Action:Moving towards a Water Management Plan Julia O’Shannassy
  2. 2. Why Does Fort Nelson First NationNeed a Water Management Plan?
  3. 3. Community Concerns• Water levels and flows – Transportation – Hunting, fishing, trapping• Water Quality – Drinking water – Fish and animal health• Interactions with muskeg and wetlands
  4. 4. Increase in Industrial Activity• Land use – Well pads – Roads – Seismic Lines• Water withdrawals – Short-term Section 8 Approvals – Water Licences
  5. 5. Changes to Land Use 2006 2012Well Pads (km2) 0.23 31.9Roads (km) 1,673 11,287Seismic Lines (km) 91,490 168,970
  6. 6. Approved Water Withdrawals (m3/yr) by Sector in FNFN Territory Oil and Gas, 5,999,136 Industrial, 1,857,235 Waterworks, 1,791,228Agriculture, 43,172 Domestic, 12,445 Institutional, 830
  7. 7. Water Withdrawals in FNFN Territory:MOE Licences vs OGC Section 8 Approvals MOE, 32 OGC, 402
  8. 8. Lack of Data within FNFN Territory• Minimal Flow Data – Fort Nelson River (inactive since 2004)• Very Little Climate Data – Fort Nelson Airport• No Water Quality Data publicly available• GeoscienceBC/HRBPG monitoring program – Flow data – Climate data
  9. 9. FNFN’s Development of a Water Management Plan• Watercourse Protection Areas – Standard – High – Critical• Mapped based on sensitivity and values• Minimum standards expected for development within each area
  10. 10. FNFN’s ideas for Management Requirements• Best Management Practices – No heavy machinery within riparian zones (only hand cutting) – Using biodegradable fluids (i.e. chainsaw oil, hydraulic fluids) within 50 m of watercourses – Show attempts to reuse and recycle to minimize use of fresh water• Minimum requirements – Data collection prior to approvals/licences – Impact assessment (including cumulative impacts) – Licence conditions – Monitoring
  11. 11. Other Action by FNFN• Appeal (under EAB) of a water withdrawal licence for fracking• Licenced withdrawal of 2.5 million m3/year• Standing of FNFN is being challenged

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