License Restrictions

The following restrictive measures have made new water licenses unavailable in the Oldman River Basin and the Milk River Basin. There is no indication of when, or whether, these restrictions will be lifted in the future. The measures include:

  • In 2001 a moratorium was imposed on additional allocation of surface water from the Belly, Waterton and St. Mary rivers.
  • In 2005 Alberta Environment halted the issuing of new allocations of water in the Oldman, Bow and South Saskatchewan River basins.
  • The Milk River Basin is, in effect, closed to further allocations. The river is being managed under the terms of a 1986 moratorium on new water licenses and this moratorium is being strictly applied given current Montana-Alberta discussions over water allocations between the two jurisdictions.