Have Your Say - Public Comment
A key part of the water licensing process is to seek public input on proposed applications for water use and waste deposit in Yukon. The Yukon Water Board relies upon information from and the expertise of members of the public. Comments regarding an applicant’s proposed water use and deposit of waste are a crucial component and contribute to the Board making sound licensing decisions.
How Do I Become Involved or Participate in This Process?
All licence applications received by the YWB Secretariat are advertised for public comment on Waterline. A public notice also appears in the Yukon News and Whitehorse Star. Each public notice contains the application number, location, the applicant’s name and the deadline date to submit your comment.
On Waterline, to see all the applications that are in public comment please sign in and click the comment button in the menu bar.
How Do I Submit A Comment?
Comments can be uploaded to Waterline, or submitted in person to the Yukon Water Board Office. In order to receive full attention by the Board, all comments pertaining to a proposed water licence application must be received by 4:00 pm on the established public comment deadline date. Those received after the deadline may be considered for inclusion at the discretion of the Board. Waterline Help Sheet
What Information Should I Include?
Comments should clearly state your position with respect to the particular project. Please provide:
- a description of your concern or support pertaining to the use of water or deposit of waste to the proposed project;
- the project application number, location and name of the applicant;
- your full contact information, including name, address and a phone number you can be reached at;
- any supporting documentation you are including with your comments; and
- an indication as to whether you would be able to be present at a public hearing should one be held on the application in question.
Please be sure to provide a copy to the applicant and indicate on your submission that you have done this.
What Will Happen With My Comment?
All comments provided to the Yukon Water Board on water licence applications form part of the public registers. Comments will be placed on the paper register and will also appear on Waterline. All interested and concerned parties will be able to view your comments. Applicants will be provided the opportunity to respond to all comments prior to an application being considered by the Board for licensing.
What Do I Do If I Need More Time To Prepare My Comment?
The Secretariat staff will consider extensions to public comment deadlines so long as a written submission is provided requesting an extension and includes a strong reason to extend the deadline.
Can I Request a Public Hearing?
Yes you can request a public hearing. You will need to indicate in writing in your comment submission. Please clearly state your position as to why you feel a hearing is necessary.