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End of moratorium on high capacity irrigation wells on PEI

Starting this month, farmers on PEI can apply to the provincial government for a licence to drill a high-capacity well to irrigate their crops. This ends a 20-year moratorium on these types of wells for agricultural use and raises concerns about their impact on groundwater levels.  As part of the permit process, farmers will have to develop a plan to improve the health of their soil; healthy soils are better at holding water and retaining nutrients. The PEI Certified Organic Producers Co-operative has been part of discussions and is encouraged by the new strategy but cautions that specific requirements around improving soil health have not been defined, nor has a comprehensive agricultural water use strategy. CBC News, June 6