The task of setting water quality objectives in priority basins in British Columbia began in mid 1982. By the end of 1992, the Ministry had set water quality objectives in 36 bodies of water, including fresh and marine, throughout the province. Monitoring to check the attainment of objectives started on an annual basis in 1987. This report presents the results of monitoring done in 1992 to check the attainment of objectives in 33 basins. The results are summarized in a series of tables. Overall, the objectives were met about 89 percent of the time, an outcome similar to those of 1988-1991. Although this result falls short of an ideal 100 percent compliance, it generally applies only to objectives that were set in problem areas. Thus, while the monitoring results describe indirectly how well problems are being dealt with, they are a rather conservative reflection of the state of water quality in the province as a whole.
BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks. 1993. Water Quality in British Columbia Objectives Attainment in 1992. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks
Keywords: water quality objectives, priority basin
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