NewsBusinessP.E.I. Releases New Sustainable Irrigation Strategy

P.E.I. Releases New Sustainable Irrigation Strategy


Following the creation of Prince Edward Island’s Water Act in 2021, the government has released the final sustainable irrigation strategy, a June 3 news release said. The strategy was written in collaboration with stakeholders and with input from Islanders.

Last spring, a new draft amendment of the Water Withdrawal Regulations was provided to the public for comment which included that the moratorium on high-capacity well permits be removed allowing for permits to be granted. The release said the regulation has been approved, however permit holders that rely on high water use supplies may be required to develop drought contingency plans.

The release noted there are several stipulations in place to safeguard the environment. Applicants for high capacity well permits must participate in the Soil Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) program with the Department of Agriculture and Land, have a drought contingency plan and, in heavily used watersheds have a watershed irrigation plan. P.E.I. residents are able to start applying for these permits as of June 11, 2022.

The provincial government is also launching an online Water Registry, which allows people to view and interact with maps that display water information such as water use, well locations, water quantity and quality, etc.

Government is also launching a Water Registry that has been developed over the past year. This online platform allows Islanders to view and interact with maps that display water information such as water use, well locations, water quantity and quality, and more.

Related Articles

Water Freedom for P.E.I. Potato Growers

The Do’s and Don’ts of Irrigating Your Potato Crops

P.E.I. Changes to Water Act Include Irrigation Provisions

Trending This Week

Potatoes in storage

Ultra-early Sprouting is a Storage Nightmare

For the last month, I’ve been receiving calls from growers scrambling with piles that are already sprouting. I’m not talking about one or two...
Potato School

Potato School – Is It On Your Calendar?

WHAT — Potato School is a half day, free-to-all virtual learning event hosted by TriCal Group for anyone in the potato business. Since soil-borne disease...
Potato field in sunset

CPC Calls Out Misleading Potato Wart Analysis Comments

A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) bulletin released in October showing how potato wart could be introduced to the U.S. from Canada focused...
Cover crop of rye and peas

Improving Our Soil Health for the Future

At our family farm, Swansfleet, in Bruxelles, Man. quality has always been the driving force behind everything we do. Lately, that drive for quality...
True potato seed ball cut open

How True Potato Seeds Can Fight Food Insecurity in Africa

True potato seeds can help stabilize food production in African countries, key note speaker says at HZPC Potato Days. Food insecurity is continuing to grow...