The development, review and implementation of industrial water related regulatory procedures and guidelines are also critical to supporting sound water stewardship in the NWT. Regulatory boards and Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories (ENR-GNWT) work on the development, review and implementation of specific water-related regulatory procedures and guidelines.
Guidance and policy documents pertaining to aquatic effects monitoring programs, water and effluent quality management, closure and reclamation, spill contingency plans, and waste management plans are available through ENR-GNWT and the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley.
In 2013, Guidelines for the Closure and Reclamation of Advanced Mineral Exploration and Mine Sites in the Northwest Territories were finalized. The guidelines help to ensure that the water-related elements of mine site reclamation program are consistent and well founded.