Water Security Aquatic Habitat Protection Permits

Year: 2019

Number: 24-19A

Department: Water Security Agency

WHEREAS when rural municipalities are planning to proceed with any bridge construction on any named waterways they must make application to the Water Security Agency for an Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit;

WHEREAS according to the Water Security Agency, the target for reviewing permit applications is 45 days but they allow up to 12 weeks and rural municipality applications are considered to be a priority;

WHEREAS some municipalities are frustrated that these targets are not begin met by the Water Security Agency and their construction projects have had to be delayed until the next year as the permits were approved after freeze up;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM inform the Water Security Agency (WSA) that the 45 day target for reviewing Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit applications is not being met for all rural municipalities;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the WSA consider hiring more staff during peak times for the year to keep up with the backlog of Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit applications.

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