Type of Presentation

Poster

Session Title

Salish Sea snapshots

Description

The Metro Vancouver region’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP) includes a regulatory requirement to conduct ambient monitoring programs to assess, forecast and evaluate the effects of wastewater and stormwater discharges to ambient environments. Ambient monitoring entails measuring conditions in the immediate environment surrounding, but not directly affected by discharges.

Metro Vancouver’s Fraser River Ambient Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The program is designed to operate on a five-year cycle, and includes three components: water column, sediment and fish. Ambient water quality monitoring occurs at seven sites on an annual basis, while sediments are monitored every 5 years at seven sites, and fish tissues and health are monitored once every five years in three areas. The objectives of the Fraser River Ambient Monitoring Program are to: provide baseline environmental quality data; characterize changes in water, sediment and biota quality parameters in the Fraser River; evaluate long term temporal and spatial trends within the monitoring area; identify changes in parameters that might indicate environmental changes; and act as a measure of performance for Metro Vancouver’s ILWRMP.

This presentation provides an overview of results for all three components of the program.

Monitoring and assessment was targeted to parameters that are potential indicators of wastewater discharges. Results are compared to site specific objectives and applicable environmental quality guidelines. Additionally, a Water Quality Index rating based on the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment WQI tool was calculated for separate river reaches and for the river as a whole.

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Fraser River Ambient Environmental Monitoring Program Results Overview

2016SSEC

The Metro Vancouver region’s Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP) includes a regulatory requirement to conduct ambient monitoring programs to assess, forecast and evaluate the effects of wastewater and stormwater discharges to ambient environments. Ambient monitoring entails measuring conditions in the immediate environment surrounding, but not directly affected by discharges.

Metro Vancouver’s Fraser River Ambient Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The program is designed to operate on a five-year cycle, and includes three components: water column, sediment and fish. Ambient water quality monitoring occurs at seven sites on an annual basis, while sediments are monitored every 5 years at seven sites, and fish tissues and health are monitored once every five years in three areas. The objectives of the Fraser River Ambient Monitoring Program are to: provide baseline environmental quality data; characterize changes in water, sediment and biota quality parameters in the Fraser River; evaluate long term temporal and spatial trends within the monitoring area; identify changes in parameters that might indicate environmental changes; and act as a measure of performance for Metro Vancouver’s ILWRMP.

This presentation provides an overview of results for all three components of the program.

Monitoring and assessment was targeted to parameters that are potential indicators of wastewater discharges. Results are compared to site specific objectives and applicable environmental quality guidelines. Additionally, a Water Quality Index rating based on the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment WQI tool was calculated for separate river reaches and for the river as a whole.