Transcript of "Moving Toward a Water Management Plan"
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 water – Fish and animal health• Interactions with muskeg and wetlands
Increase in Industrial Activity• Land use – Well pads – Roads – Seismic Lines• Water withdrawals – Short-term Section 8 Approvals – Water Licences
Changes to Land Use 2006 2012Well Pads (km2) 0.23 31.9Roads (km) 1,673 11,287Seismic Lines (km) 91,490 168,970
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
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 – Fort Nelson Airport• No Water Quality Data publicly available• GeoscienceBC/HRBPG monitoring program – Flow data – Climate data
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
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
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