This report discusses the water quality assessment for Leech, Schram and Bailey Creeks, which are situated on the south slopes of the Joe Rich Creek watershed. The Joe Rish Watershed Monitoring Group has expressed concerns about the proposed forest development by Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. in this area and the potential impacts the development may have on water quality. The purpose of this program is to determine if forest development is affecting water quality in the above named creeks by comparing water quality in basins with active development to water quality in those that do not. Although the maximum turbidity and suspended solids values recorded to date occurred in 2002, the values were nearly equal in all three basins regardless of the level of forest development. It is likely that the steady rainfall in May caused the increased turbidity and suspended solids values. The monitoring completed to date does not indicate forest development related changes in water quality. prepared by Dobson Engineering Ltd.
Dobson Engineering Ltd.. 2003. Water quality monitoring for the south slopes of the Joe Rich Creek Watershed: year 3 - 2002 data. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR079