Message from Water Resources Management Division

Message from Water Resources Management Division

Please see important information from Water Resources Management Divison: 

 

Dear Municipalities and Local Service Districts,

This email is to remind you of the permitting requirements for work in or within fifteen (15) metres of waterbody (including wetlands) under the Section 48 of the Water Resources Act, 2002 https://assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/w04-01.htm. When the Town/LSD wishes to complete work in or within fifteen (15) metres of a waterbody (including wetlands), the application and approval of a Permit to Alter a Body of Water is required through the Water Resources Management Division (WRMD).

We would also like to ask that you ensure all local residents are aware of and in compliance with this requirement before the start of any work within the fifteen (15) metre reservation and thank you in advance for your support in ensuring water resources protection and compliance.

 

The Main Application and associated Schedule forms are available here https://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/waterres/regulations/appforms/  

 

 

A summary of what the Water Resources Act, Section 48 covers;.  

 

  1. any work (Including fording) in any body of water (including wetlands) prior to the start of construction.
  2. any work within a floodplain or designated flood risk area prior to the start of construction.
  3. any work in Shore Water Zones prior to the start of construction. Shore Water Zone means the land that is intermittently occupied by water as a result of the naturally fluctuating surface water level in a body of water which can be either a fresh or salt water body and, in either case, the low water mark and high water mark of the water body defining the edges of the shore water zone.
  4. any infilling work within fifteen (15) metres of the high water (Flood zone area) mark of a body of water prior to the start of infilling.
  5. any infilling or dredging work associated with Wharf/Boathouse/Slipway/Breakwater or other works in any body of water prior to the start of construction.
  6. any storm drainage works involving discharge into a body of water prior to the start of construction.

 

 

The following information must accompany the application:

 

  • Application for Permit to Alter a Body of Water
  • Schedules ‘A’ to ‘J’ (as appropriate to work type).
  • Location map (1:50,000 scale), Google Earth Image, and/or UTM or Decimal Degree coordinates indicating location of the proposed work.
  • Proof of Land Ownership (e.g. legal survey, Crown Lands Approval, other)
  • Municipal Approval: for proposed work that is within a municipal boundary, written confirmation is required indicating that the proposed work conforms with municipal zoning and that the work has been approved, approved conditionally, or that there are no objections to the proposed work before WRMD will issue a permit.
  • Groundwater Requirements: for persons/companies/consultants developing un-serviced residential developments of more than 4 lots, written confirmation is required indicating that the undertaking has met all groundwater requirements before WRMD will issue a permit.
  • Photos of the Site prior to work being undertaken.

 

 

Upon review of your submitted documentation an application fee payment will be requested based on the type of work to be completed.

 

The Department will issue a notification in writing if a permit application is declined. Any work that is done without a permit may be subject to an investigation by the Department. The Department may deem it necessary that such unauthorized work be altered, removed, or added to, at the owner’s expense.

 

If you have any questions or require clarification please do not hesitate to contact the Department for assistance at (709) 729-1646 or waterinvestigations@gov.nl.ca.

 

Kind regards,

 

Leah Burry

 

Water Resources Technician II

Water Rights, Investigations, and Modelling Section

Water Resources Management Division

Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Ph No (709) 729-1646

Fax No (709) 729-0320