Reservoir Permits Over Crown Land

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Water Management
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

Province-wide SDE spatial layer displaying the approximate extent and providing the elevation of designated permitted power-storage reservoir areas over crown lands, along with water licence attributes. This layer is an instantiation of the spatial view WLS_RESERVOIR_PMT_LICENSEE_SVW

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


Spatial layer intended to display the extent and elevation of designated permitted power-storage reservoir areas over crown lands. Only the crown lands within the depicted resevoir areas are designated by the permit. The areas defined by this data set do not constitute a legal definition and are intended to be used only as a method to identify potential conflicts of interest and raise awareness regarding land use rights in these areas.

Lineage Statement

Created by ILMB Nanaimo, using the provincial TRIM 25m DEM raster to define areas impacted by the maximum permitted level of reservoirs. The TRIM 25m DEM has a reported accurarcy of +/- 5m and is based on mean sea level as established by the Geodetic Survey of Canada. Instantiated from WHSE_WATER_MANAGEMENT.WLS_RESERVOIR_PMT_LICENSEE_SVW

Contact Information

NameSusan Waldock (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationWater Management

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-10-12
Record Last Modified 2019-09-05
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: WLS_RP_OCL
Comments: RESERVOIR PERMIT LICENSEE is a province-wide SDE layer displaying the extent and elevation of designated permitted power-storage reservoir areas over crown lands, along with water licence attributes. This layer is a spatially de-normalized version of RESERVOIR PMT LICENSEE SVW.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
RESERVOIR_PMT_LICENSEE_ID RSRVRPMTLC NUMBER 18 The RESERVOIR PMT LICENSEE ID is the unique identifier of a licensee associated to a reservoir.
RESERVOIR_POD RSRVRPD VARCHAR2 10 RESERVOIR POD (aka R_POD) is the point of diversion associated with the main dam feature for the permitted reservoir polygon.
RESERVOIR_NAME RSRVRNM VARCHAR2 30 RESERVOIR NAME (aka RES_NAME) is the common name associated with the reservoir for which the permit has been issued.
ELEVATION ELEVATION NUMBER 6 ELEVATION is maximum value in metres to which the reservoir may be flooded, as outlined in the Permit over Crown Land.
PCL_NO PCL_NO VARCHAR2 5 PCL NO represents the Internal Water Management number assigned to a Permit over Crown Land that gives "authority to flood Crown land or to construct, maintain or operate works on Crown land" Water Act 1996.
LICENCE_NUMBER LCNCNMBR VARCHAR2 7 LICENCE NUMBER represents a unique seven-character identifier assigned for each licence to divert and use water.
LICENCE_STATUS LCNCSTTS VARCHAR2 15 LICENCE STATUS represents the status of licence or application.
EXPIRY_DATE XPRDT NUMBER 10 EXPIRY DATE represents the expiry date of licence.
STREAM_NAME STRMNM VARCHAR2 30 STREAM NAME represents the source on which water licence is authorized. As defined in the Water Act, "a stream includes a natural watercourse or source of water supply, whether usually containing water or not, groundwater, and a lake, river, creek, spring, ravine, swamp and gulch."
PURPOSE PURPOSE VARCHAR2 25 PURPOSE represents the use of water authorized by license. (e.g. Domestic; Irrigation)
QUANTITY QUANTITY NUMBER 20 QUANTITY represents the maximum quantity of water that can be diverted for the specified purpose in the license.
UNITS UNITS VARCHAR2 2 UNITS represents the unit of measurement for the quantity of water authorized in the license.
FILE_NO FILE_NO VARCHAR2 7 FILE NO represents the Internal Water Management Branch number assigned to a file that may hold one or more licences.
DIST_PREC_NAME DSTPRCNM VARCHAR2 25 DIST PREC NAME represents the District that is defined under the water regulation as "except in the definition of 'local authority', means a water district referred to in section 35 and described in schedule c".
LICENSEE_NAME LCNSNM VARCHAR2 40 LICENSEE NAME represents "Owner of any land, mine or undertaking with respect to which a licence is issued under this or a former Act" Water Act - 1996. Also referred to as "holder of a licence."
ADDRESS_LINE1 DDRSSLN1 VARCHAR2 25 ADDRESS LINE1 represents the first line of Licensee's mailing address.
ADDRESS_LINE2 DDRSSLN2 VARCHAR2 25 ADDRESS LINE2 represents the second line of Licensee's mailing address.
ADDRESS_LINE3 DDRSSLN3 VARCHAR2 25 ADDRESS LINE3 represents the third line of Licensee's mailing address.
ADDRESS_LINE4 DDRSSLN4 VARCHAR2 25 ADDRESS LINE4 represents the fourth line of Licensee's mailing address.
COUNTRY COUNTRY VARCHAR2 25 COUNTRY represents the Country of the Licensee's mailing address.
POSTAL_CODE PSTLCD VARCHAR2 10 POSTAL CODE represnets the Postal code of the Licensee's mailing address.
FEATURE_CODE FTRCD VARCHAR2 10 FEATURE CODE contains a value based on the Canadian Council of Surveys and Mapping's (CCSM) system for classification of geographic features
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters