The Ministry of Environment is conducting a program to assess water quality in designated community watersheds. Community watersheds are defined under the Forest Practices Code Act of BC as ?the drainage area above the downstream point of diversion and which are licensed under the Water Act for waterworks purposes?. These watersheds are generally small (<500 km2) and the stream response times are short and opportunities for dilution or settling are minimal. The purpose of this program is to accumulate the baseline data necessary to assess water quality and to establish ambient water quality objectives on an individual community watershed basis. Water quality objectives provide policy direction for resource managers, serve as a guide for issuing permits, licences, and orders by the Ministry of Environment, and establish benchmarks for assessing the Ministry?s performance in protecting water quality.
Epps, Deborah; Phippen, Burke. 2009. Water Quality Assessment and Objectives for the Tsulquate River Community Watershed - Technical Report
Topic: Water Quality
Keywords: water quality, Community watersheds, Tsulquate River Watershed, assessment, technical report,
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