Water Management

Transboundary Water Agreement Implementation

Multi-jurisdictional Implementation Activities

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is working in collaboration with neighbouring jurisdictions to make sure the commitments of the completed transboundary water management agreements are met.

In November 2017, Alberta and the NWT reported on the outcomes of the first year of implementation of their bilateral agreement in Working Together to Manage Our Shared Waters. Executive summaries are available in English and French.

This page describes key implementation activities to meet the commitments of the agreements, including that with Alberta. Some activities benefit implementation of more than one agreement (multi-jurisdictional); some activities are specific to one agreement.


There is limited knowledge about the quality, quantity and location of groundwater near NWT borders in the Mackenzie River Basin. To understand gaps in knowledge, a report was completed to describe what is known about groundwater resources, uses and monitoring, along with potential impacts to groundwater.

The report will support development of Groundwater Learning Plans. Development of these plans is a commitment in NWT transboundary water management agreements with Alberta and British Columbia, for areas where there are moderate levels of existing or proposed development and/or areas considered vulnerable.

Hay River Basin State of Aquatic Knowledge Report

The State of Aquatic Knowledge for the Hay River Basin report summarizes information about the basin setting, aquatic environment (groundwater, surface water flows, water quality, and organisms that depend on the river), trends over time, and current and future human activities that could affect basin and river health. The data gathered reflects the level of information accessed through literature searches and  government databases of current human activities. To support long-term management of the Hay River Basin, knowledge and data gaps are identified and recommendations are made for future monitoring programs, strategies, objectives and additional database or file searches.