Presentation Abstract

Metro Vancouver Regional District’s (MVRD’s) Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP) includes a regulatory requirement to conduct ambient monitoring programs to assess, evaluate and forecast the effects of wastewater and stormwater discharges on the receiving environments. The Boundary Bay Ambient Monitoring Program (BBAMP) was initiated in 2009, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, municipalities of Surrey, Delta and White Rock. Currently, the City of Surrey conducts monitoring of the upland fresh water conditions in tributaries and rivers that discharge into the bay while Metro Vancouver conducts marine monitoring in the bay. The fresh water and marine monitoring incudes annual water column sampling in both dry weather and wet weather conditions. The marine monitoring also includes sediment sampling twice in a 5-year cycle and biota monitoring once every 5 years. The program objectives 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 MVRD’s ILWRMP. In 2017, Metro Vancouver conducted an overall assessment of BBAMP. The program assessment includes a comprehensive compilation, review and interpretation of all previous results and report findings. In addition, the review includes a critical assessment of the adequacy of MVRD’s BBAMP for achieving the program objectives. This presentation provides an overview of the program assessment report findings and recommendations which include: changes to monitoring parameters and sampling plans, further characterizing the benthic community and strengthening alignment with other programs.

Session Title

Water Quality and Hydrodynamics

Keywords

BBAMP assessment

Conference Track

SSE1: Habitat Restoration and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE1-384

Start Date

4-4-2018 1:45 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 2:00 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Boundary Bay ambient monitoring program

Metro Vancouver Regional District’s (MVRD’s) Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP) includes a regulatory requirement to conduct ambient monitoring programs to assess, evaluate and forecast the effects of wastewater and stormwater discharges on the receiving environments. The Boundary Bay Ambient Monitoring Program (BBAMP) was initiated in 2009, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, municipalities of Surrey, Delta and White Rock. Currently, the City of Surrey conducts monitoring of the upland fresh water conditions in tributaries and rivers that discharge into the bay while Metro Vancouver conducts marine monitoring in the bay. The fresh water and marine monitoring incudes annual water column sampling in both dry weather and wet weather conditions. The marine monitoring also includes sediment sampling twice in a 5-year cycle and biota monitoring once every 5 years. The program objectives 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 MVRD’s ILWRMP. In 2017, Metro Vancouver conducted an overall assessment of BBAMP. The program assessment includes a comprehensive compilation, review and interpretation of all previous results and report findings. In addition, the review includes a critical assessment of the adequacy of MVRD’s BBAMP for achieving the program objectives. This presentation provides an overview of the program assessment report findings and recommendations which include: changes to monitoring parameters and sampling plans, further characterizing the benthic community and strengthening alignment with other programs.