The setting of water quality objectives in priority basins in British Columbia began in 1982. By the end of 1995, the Ministry had set water quality objectives in 43 bodies of water, 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 in 1995 to check the attainment of objectives in 16 basins, a reduced program compared to previous years. The results are summarized in a series of tables. For all Ministry regions, the objectives were met 83 percent of the time. This is slightly less than last year's 87 percent and is also less than most previous years when attainment ranged from 94 percent in 1987 to 87 percent in 1993. Variables for which objectives were sometimes not met in three or more basins in 1995 included fecal coliforms, E. coli, suspended solids, chlorophyll a (a measure of algal growth in lakes and streams), total phosphorus in lakes, and dissolved oxygen. The objectives for dioxi
BC Ministry of Environment. 1996. Water Quality in British Columbia: Objectives Attainment in 1995. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks
Keywords: water quality, objectives, priority basins, achieved
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