The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are responsible for issuing water licences to community governments as required by the Waters Act. However, the responsibility of ensuring and monitoring compliance is shared with the various departments of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
In May 2016, the Boards requested collaboration with the GNWT to improve water licence (WL) compliancy and the effectiveness of the current licencing process.
In March 2017, the Boards received joint response from the Ministers of the GNWT departments.
The Land and Water Boards have launched our updated Online Registry. We are making every effort to avoid interruption in our service, and do recognize there are issues to address. Please send any feedback to Ryan Fequet. We appreciate your patience during the transition.
In September of 2016, 40 participants gathered to share knowledge about the preliminary screening process, discuss challenges associated with the process and identify constructive steps that could be taken to improve, clarify, and standardize preliminary screening processes within and across institutions.
- Preliminary Screening Practitioner's Workshop Report: summarizes the observations of participants of the Preliminary Screening Practitioner's Workshop. This workshop was hosted by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board in collaboration with the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley.
The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are pleased to announce the release of our updated Guideline for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Submission Standard. This updated guideline will improve clarity for applicants and other parties with respect to requirements for the submission of geospatial data during the application phase of the regulatory process.
Download the guideline as a PDF: Guideline for GIS Submission Standard
View the guideline on the Resource page of the Land and Water Boards' website: Policies and Guidelines
To kick off the new year, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB), the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (GNWT-MACA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR) are releasing four Operation and Maintenance Plan Templates for Municipal Water Licences. These fillable-pdf documents were collaboratively designed to be user-friendly and are intended to reduce the workload of municipalities to satisfy their municipal licence requirements. The templates include:
Solid Waste Facility (SWF)
Wastewater (Sewage) Treatment System (WWTS)
Water Treatment Plant (WTP)
Spill Contingency Plan
The templates are now available for submission in the ‘Policies and Guidelines’ page under the ‘Resources’ tab of all Land and Water Board websites.
*Please note that these templates are not meant to replace any already existing Operation and Maintenance Plans that municipalities have completed.
In response to the Federal Government’s Action Plan on the Northern Regulatory System, the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley have prepared a position paper on this important issue.