The setting of water quality objectives in priority basins in British Columbia began in 1982. By the end of 2002, the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection had set water quality objectives in 51 areas or basins and updated them in two, both fresh and marine, throughout the Province. Annual monitoring to check the attainment of objectives started in 1987. This report presents the results of monitoring done to check the attainment of objectives in 23 basins in 2002. The results are summarized in a series of tables. For all Ministry Regions the objectives were met 89.2 percent of the time in 2002. The findings in 2002 are almost identical to the 2001 results (88.6 percent), and similar to previous years when attainment ranged from 95 percent in 1998 to 77 percent in 1997.There was not 100 percent attainment because objectives are set in areas where waterquality problems may occur. Monitoring results therefore reflect the state of water quality in areas affected by human activity rather than in the Province
Phippen, Burke. 2003. Water Quality in British Columbia: Objectives Attainment in 2002. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
Keywords: water quality
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