Series GR-0953 - Lower Mainland water rights correspondence

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Lower Mainland water rights correspondence

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  • 1958-1980 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of the Environment

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1.4 m of textual records and cartographic material

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The Ministry of Environment was renamed in 1976 from the Dept. of Environment (OIC: 3199/76). Its original organizational structure was based on that of the Dept. of Environment which was created in 1975. The original functions of the Dept. of Environment were transferred from the Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, whose functions had been split between the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests. The department was responsible for the management and protection of land, air and water resources including Crown lands (except for matters under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Forests), water rights and pollution control. The department was divided into three branches: land and water management, environmental and engineering services, and environmental protection.

In 1978, a major government reorganization transferred functions relating to lands and parks from the Ministry of the Environment to the newly established Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing. At the same time, the functions of marine resources, fish and wildlife were acquired from the disestablished Ministry of Recreation and Conservation. Environmental health engineering were also acquired from the reorganized Ministry of Health and emergency programming from the reorganized Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry. The reorganized Ministry of the Environment was divided into four branches: Land and Water Management, Environmental and Engineering Services, Environmental Protection, and Environment and Land Use Secretariat. In 1978 the Ministry of the Environment was renamed the Ministry of Environment (OIC 3018/78, see also RSBC 1979, c. 271).

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This series consists of correspondence files relating to water management, water utilities, and water rights applications. Includes correspondence with Dewdney-Alouette Regional District, 1972-1978, and Minutes Of Dewdney-Alouette Technical Planning Committee, File 4987; Sunshine Coast Regional District, 1967-1978, File 3787; and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, 1969-1976, regarding water supply.

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Transferred from Ministry of the Environment, Lower Mainland Region, Water Manager, 1981.


Plans transferred to Map Division.

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Accession number(s): G81-031; M889011

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Containers 880056-1886 to 880056-1890.

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