Series GR-0316 - Okanagan Valley irrigation reports

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Okanagan Valley irrigation reports

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GR-0316

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  • 1927 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

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Originals, 25 cm

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(1909-1979)

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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).

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Okanagan Valley irrigation reports. Reports on irrigation districts in the Okanagan valley (16 vols.). Summary report, and detailed reports m the following irrigation districts: Black Mountain, Glenmore, Naramata, Peachland, Scotty Creek, South East Kelowna, Vernon, and Westbank. The reports include a history of the project, statistical information, and photographs.

Vols. 2-8 are reports on diverse irrigation districts. Each volume in this set is signed by Major J.C. Macdonald, Comptroller of Water Rights, and contains photographs

Vols. 9-15 are similar to those described above. Each volume is initialled by J.W. Clark, Inspector, Water Rights Branch, and contains numerous holograph alterations. Only Vol. 9 in this set contains photographs.

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Received from Ministry of the Environment, Herald Street. vault, 1977.

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