Quebec published notice in January of proposed amendments to the Regulation Respecting the Declaration of Water Withdrawals, c.Q-2, r. 14, in order to implement certain provisions of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement entered into in 2005 between Quebec, Ontario, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Among other things, the amendments establish standards for the declaration of water withdrawals to be used to establish reference volumes pursuant to the Agreement. New provisions would require an initial declaration of existing withdrawals to be made by March 31, 2012, for facilities or works with a rated capacity equal to or greater than 379,000 litres per day. Annual declarations would also be required required. For new withdrawals authorized for the purpose of a transfer out of the St. Lawrence River Basin, measuring equipment must be installed in order to measure, rather than estimate, reference volumes.

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