Presentation Title

Boundary Bay Ambient Monitoring Program - Water Quality Monitoring Results

Session Title

Trans-boundary monitoring in the marine evironment: Challenges and opportunities

Conference Track

Fate and Effects of Pollutants

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2016 : Vancouver, B.C.)

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Type of Presentation

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Abstract

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. The Boundary Bay Ambient Monitoring Program was initiated in 2009, in partnership with the municipalities of Surrey, Delta and White Rock. This program is currently continuing as a partnership between the City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver. The City of Surrey conducts the monitoring of the upland fresh water conditions in tributaries and rivers that discharge into the bay, and Metro Vancouver conducts the monitoring of the marine water in the bay. Monitoring is conducted annually in both dry weather and wet weather conditions. The objectives of the program are to: provide baseline environmental quality data, characterize changes in water quality parameters, evaluate 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 the water quality monitoring results of the program.

Monitoring and assessment was targeted to parameters that are potential indicators of stormwater 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 tributaries and rivers and also for Boundary Bay as a whole.

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Boundary Bay Ambient Monitoring Program - Water Quality Monitoring Results

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. The Boundary Bay Ambient Monitoring Program was initiated in 2009, in partnership with the municipalities of Surrey, Delta and White Rock. This program is currently continuing as a partnership between the City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver. The City of Surrey conducts the monitoring of the upland fresh water conditions in tributaries and rivers that discharge into the bay, and Metro Vancouver conducts the monitoring of the marine water in the bay. Monitoring is conducted annually in both dry weather and wet weather conditions. The objectives of the program are to: provide baseline environmental quality data, characterize changes in water quality parameters, evaluate 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 the water quality monitoring results of the program.

Monitoring and assessment was targeted to parameters that are potential indicators of stormwater 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 tributaries and rivers and also for Boundary Bay as a whole.