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Licensed Surface Water Allocation

In 2015, water use in the Peace River watershed is expected to increase by 40% from 2011 levels. More than 60% of this growth will be due to development of the in situ oil sands and heavy oil deposits within the Central Peace and Wabasca sub-watersheds.26 The potential impact of such growth should be examined closely.

These allocations follow the Government of Alberta's categorization. "Commercial" includes pulp, thermal generating plants and coal mines, whereas "Industrial" covers oil and gas. "Registration" is all ground and surface water use that landowners have voluntarily registered since the proclamation of the Water Act in 1999. Some of the allocations require that the licensee return a certain amount to the body of water from which it was drawn.
Watrecon Consulting. 2012. The Peace Watershed: Current and future water use and issues, 2011. Prepared for the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance, Grande Prairie, AB. Available at:

Surface allocation
Source: ESRD