Due to the potential work stoppage by Canada Post, if you intend to submit or have submitted an application and/or other documentation to the Board during this period, please contact our office to confirm receipt and/or inquire about an alternative method for submission.
The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board is pleased to welcome three new staff members to the team:
Kierney Leach has joined our team as a Regulatory Officer. Kierney has experience in the consulting field and brings with her an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Erica Janes has joined our team as a Regulatory Officer. She brings a wealth of experience in environmental consulting and public education fields, and holds a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies.
Shannon Allerston has returned to our team as a Regulatory Officer. She is returning to the Board for the second time, following some time with the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board and work in consulting. She brings with her a Masters in Science degree and a Masters in Archaeology and Heritage degree.
You can find their contact information on our main page by following the Contact Us link.
As we welcome new staff, we are also saying goodbye to our Executive Director, Willard Hagen. We congratulate Willard on his new appointment as the Deputy Minister of Lands with the Government of the Northwest Territories. In addition to being our Executive Director, Willard spent eleven years as the Chair of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, and before that as the Chair of the Gwich’in Land and Water Board. He has worked tirelessly throughout his career with this Board and other organizations in the North to help create and shape many of the laws and policies which govern land and water use in the Territory today. We would like to express our thanks and we wish Willard well in his new position.
Beginning June 27th, 2016, Rebecca Chouinard (the Regulatory & Technical Director) will be the Acting Executive Director of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board. Rebecca has been with the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley since 2009. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Environmental Science, and a Masters degree in Mining Engineering.
The Land and Water Boards of Mackenzie Valley have developed the attached Draft Guideline for Geographic Information System (GIS) Submission Standard for public comment. The draft Guideline describes the Boards’ expectations for GIS associated submissions including project location description, maps, GIS data, and metadata. The Boards’ objective is to ensure that map and GIS submissions are complete, accurate, and consistent between projects, which supports an efficient and effective regulatory process.
The Draft Guideline has been reviewed by the Boards’ GIS Initiative Team and approved by the Boards’ Executive Directors to put forth for public review. The Boards look forward to receiving feedback on the draft Guideline. Your comments are much appreciated. The deadline for public comments is July 1, 2016. Comments can be submitted on the MVLWB’s Online Review System.
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.
The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are pleased to announce that our Engagement Guidelines for Applicants and Holders of Water Licences and Land Use Permits have been updated to improve clarity for applicants and other parties with respect to requirements for pre-application engagement. Please view the document here which can also be found under the ‘Resources’ tab along with the Boards’ other policies and guidelines.
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.