Series GR-1236 - Records relating to water works and water power projects

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Records relating to water works and water power projects

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  • 1915-1953 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

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Originals, 1.54 m; microfilm (neg.), 1913-1953, 35 mm, 4 reels [B14161-B14164]

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The Water Rights Branch reported to the following departments and ministries: Dept. of Lands (1908-1945), 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).

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Records relating to water works and water power projects. Consists of International Joint Committee hearings, proceedings before the Comptroller of Water Rights, hearings on the Buttle Lake project before a special committee of the B.C. Legislative Assembly, applications, submissions and briefs, engineering data, technical reports, and specifications. Includes materials pertaining to the Kootenay River reclamation projects of the West Kootenay Power and Light Company, 1929-1950; the Columbia River reclamation project at Golden and Windermere, 1913-1915; the Powell River Company's project at Lois River, 1930; the B.C. Electric Railway Company development at Jordan River, 1929; the Burrard Power Company projects at Stave River and Alouette Lake, 1924; the B.C. Power Commission development of Buttle Lake on Vancouver Island, 1951-1953; and miscellaneous other projects.

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Transferred from the Water Management Branch, Ministry of Environment, 1982.


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Water rights plans (4th series) transferred to the map collection, map accession M889207. Three forest inventory atlases of proposed clearing area, Buttle Lake; plans of Kootenay and Kootenay River area and plans of the Golden Windermere area transferred to the map collection, map accession M90-032. See also map accession M889010, plans accompanying reports on water rights of Indian reserves prepared by Dominion Water Powers Branch.

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Accession number(s): 93-7373; M889207; M889010; M90-032; G82-082

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  • Box: 913430-1099
  • Box: B14161