Province looks to change livestock watering regulations

 

The province is looking to develop new livestock watering regulations under the Water Sustainability Act.

An intentions paper, posted today, proposes new regulations that would change livestock watering practices on range land where there is low-density livestock grazing, either on Crown land or private range lands.

The proposed regulations would allow the diversion of water from a stream or aquifer for livestock watering. It would also allow for construction of livestock-watering works, subject to requirements that would minimize adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems.

The province seeks input from the public, First Nations and industry stakeholders. Feedback on the proposed policies will inform final recommendations to government in spring 2018. Comments on the intentions paper will be accepted until Feb. 16, 2018.

The intentions paper is available online: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/71/2018/01/Livestock_Watering_Regs_intentions_paper.pdf