British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Identity area

Type of entity

Government

Authorized form of name

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Water Rights Branch

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1909-1979

History

The Water Rights Branch was established in 1909. Its name was changed to Water Management Branch in 1979.

The Water Rights Branch reported to the following departments and ministries: Dept. of Lands (1909-1945), Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962), Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975), Dept of Environment (1975-1976), Ministry of the Environment (1976-1978) and Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1978-1979).

The Dept. of Lands was established in 1908 (Department of Lands Act, SBC 1908, c. 31). Before 1908 the agencies responsible for the functions of the Dept. of Lands: (1) the Dept. of Lands and Works (Crown lands management, sales, pre-emptions and leases, lands surveying and mapping, timber inspection, forest protection and log scaling), and (2) the Dept. of Mines (water rights in regards to mining operations).

The Dept. of Lands, headed by the Chief Commissioner of Lands, was given responsibility for public lands and water rights, and all matters connected therewith. (SBC 1908, c. 31, s. 5). These responsibilities included: (1) the management of all public lands, as per the Land Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 113); (2) administration of water rights, as per the Water Clauses Consolidation Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 191) [in 1892 by means of the Water Privileges Act (SBC 1892, c. 47), the government had reserved to itself the right to manage all water resources in the province that were unreserved and un-appropriated as of April 23, 1892]; and (3) land settlement programs for returned soldiers.

In 1909, the enactment of the Water Act (SBC 1909, c. 48) resulted in the creation of the Water Rights Branch of the Dept. of Lands, under the management of the Chief Water Commissioner (re-named Comptroller of Water Rights in 1912). This legislation also resulted in the creation of Water Districts under the management of District Engineers, who would be responsible for management in the field of the Branch’s responsibilities.

In 1945, the Dept. of Lands was renamed the Dept. of Lands and Forests (Department of Lands Act Amendment Act, SBC 1945, c. 45).

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Water Act (SBC 1909, c. 48)

Internal structures/genealogy

C Government Name

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

British Columbia. Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1978-1986) (1978-1986)

Identifier of the related entity

40

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1978-1979

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Ministry of the Environment (1976-1978)

Identifier of the related entity

75

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1976-1978

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Environment (1975-1976)

Identifier of the related entity

74

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1975-1976

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)

Identifier of the related entity

18

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1962-1975

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)

Identifier of the related entity

17

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1945-1962

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands (1908-1945)

Identifier of the related entity

16

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1912-1945

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Water Management Branch

Identifier of the related entity

3760

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Access points area

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

3762

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

MCARTER 2012-06-07 / KHUGHES 2014-02-12 / PWASHINGTON 2018-09-17

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Sources

Central Name Authority Files

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