The tool was designed by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Geoscience B.C., who partnered with the Commission.
The OGC describes NEWT as a GIS-based decision-support tool that provides hydrological information on monthly and annual runoff, representing 30 year average runoff.
The tool also summarizes information of all short-term water use approvals that were issued by the OGC and all water licenses issued by the Ministry. It also will provide information such as guidance on environmental flows and potential water availability.
According to the OGC, this is just one piece of information that can be considered by a statutory decision-maker when determining water allocation.
The tool is a public-facing application and is available to all British Columbians.
To view NEWT’s website and the NEWT application, click here.