Yukon Water Board
The Yukon Water Board is an independent administrative tribunal established under the
Waters Act . The Board is responsible for the issuance of water use licences for the use of water and/or the deposit of waste into water. Water licences are issued for a variety of undertakings, such as:
- placer and quartz mining
- municipal use
- conservation and
"The objectives of the Board are to
provide for the conservation, development and utilization of waters
in a manner that will provide the optimum benefit from them for all
Canadians and for the residents of the Yukon in
The Board has delegated authority for the approval of Class 4 placer mining
land use approval; it is identified as an Umbrella Final Agreement
Board in Chapter 2, and has specific responsibilities under
Chapter 14 of the
Umbrella Final Agreement.
The Board has specific responsibilities under the Yukon Environmental and Socio Economic Assessment Act ("YESAA"). The Board cannot issue a water use licence, or set terms of a licence, that are contrary to a decision document issued under that legislation. For this reason, an application for a water use licence must be accompanied by a decision document issued under YESAA.
Water use applications usually include a significant amount of technical information, and the Board has licensing officers and technical consultants to assist with this information.
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