This report provides an evaluation of the water quality in the Slocan River Basin up to the beginning of 1976. It is one of a series of 12 reports that describe air and water quality in the Kootenay Region and constitute Phase 1 of the Kootenay Study. Logging and mining were the major industries in the area, but logging has had only a localized effect on water quality to date. Drainage from abandoned mines and effluent from the Kam Kotia operation have contaminated Carpenter Creek and tributary streams with zinc and cadmium. The concentrations of these heavy metals, although within drinking water standards, may have affected aquatic life. Information on the possible contamination of fish is being gathered and will be presented in a Phase II report for the region. The short stretch of the Kootenay River in Region 6 contained five dams for hydroelectric power. The water quality of the river was good, although the phosphorus and fluoride content was influenced by a fertilizer plant at Kimberley, over 200 miles u
BC Ministry of Environment. 1977. Kootenay Air and Water Quality Study Phase 1: Water Quality in Region 6, the Slocan River Basin. BC Ministry of Environment
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